Skipper, Kallum Watkins says our pre-season training camp in the Algarve will continue to build the strong bond between his Salford Red Devils teammates.
After day one of our warm-weather preparations, the boys are already feeling the effects of some lengthy sessions in the sun and time together in camp.
Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, the skipper was very impressed with the facilities and knows the benefits a week in the sun will bring.
“We got here yesterday and there was a little bit of rain, but we knew the next morning the sun would be popping out and it’s not let us down,” he began.
“It’s good to be down here and get some of our main objectives done, through the pre-season. The ability to come here at such a world-class facility, world-class place to help us prepare for the season, we’re really grateful for that.
“The boys are all enjoying it and long may that continue over the next five days!”
He continued: “We spend a lot of time during pre-season with the boys, but getting away and getting everyone together is really important to continue that relationship with your teammates.
“Enjoying each other’s company, but also working hard on the training ground because we know the start of the season isn’t far away!”
He finished: “A lot of the clubs have done it through the pre-season, so it’s something we wanted to do, we’ve done everything we can to get here, the club have worked hard to do that and the boys are really enjoying it here.”
To listen to our full interview with the skipper, head to our YouTube channel HERE.
On Monday, the Salford Red Devils first team and backroom staff visited Total Ninja as their pre-season routine went adventurous with lads facing a number of obstacle courses.
Salford Red Devils Head Coach, Ian Watson, said: “We had a great morning down at Total Ninja at Trafford Park.
“It was about getting the boys out of our normal routine of focusing on our rugby non-stop and trying to focus on areas such as team spirit, working together and conquering a few different and unusual challenges.
“The first few weeks of pre-season have been really tough on the lads – they’ve worked hard. This is why we wanted to move them out of their normal environment and bring them into something different.
“Total Ninja really offered the lads a different stimulant in pre-season and that can be really beneficial to the lads to keep them on their toes. You could see that the lads really enjoyed it and got a bit of relaxation while still being tested physically which is always good.
“It was good to explore a new avenue with our sessions this week as it’s going to be a really tough few weeks now for the lads as we build to Christmas.”
You can take a look at a gallery from the Red Devils’ trip to Total Ninja HERE.
Salford Red Devils can confirm we will face local rivals Swinton Lions in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 12th January, 1pm kick-off.
The Red Devils hosted the Lions in pre-season last year and are delighted to welcome them back to the The Salford Stadium again in 2019.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re excited to host Swinton for the second consecutive season.
“A big factor in us welcoming Swinton to the The Salford Stadium again was the success of last year’s fixture which saw us renew the rivalry. We’re hoping this fixture can become a bit of a community day and event for all the fans.
“There are a lot of ties between the Club’s and it really is a special fixture which is important to the City of Salford and surrounding areas.
“Of course, this will be the first opportunity for fans to see some of our new signings in action. I hope the fans of both Salford and Swinton turn out in force for our opening game of 2019.”
Ticket details for the game will be confirmed in due course.
Salford Red Devils will also take on current Betfred Super League champions Wigan Warriors in pre-season at the The Salford Stadium on Sunday 20th January. Click here for more details.
Salford Red Devils can confirm that we will face fellow Betfred Super League side Wigan Warriors in a pre-season friendly at the The Salford Stadium on Sunday 20th January, 2pm kick-off.
The Red Devils have opened their Betfred Super League campaign at home against Wigan for two consecutive seasons but will host the Warriors in pre-season this time around.
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Wigan Warriors to the The Salford Stadium in pre-season.
“We wanted to make sure the lads had a real test ahead of the 2019 Betfred Super League season and there’s no bigger test than the current champions.
“I’m sure this will be a strongly contested game and an enjoyable one for the fans. We are hoping that both the Salford and Wigan fans turn out in force as we head into the 2019 season.
“Of course, there’ll be a host of new players on show for both sides which makes the game even more exciting.”
Ticket details will be confirmed in due course. Salford Red Devils will also be confirming a second pre-season friendly in due course.
Ian Watson’s side will begin their 2019 Betfred Super League campaign at Huddersfield Giants on Friday 1st February before hosting newly-promoted London Broncos on Sunday 10th February.
2019 Season Tickets are still available, and you can spread the costs over eight months via our Direct Debit payment plan. For the Direct Debit breakdowns, click HERE. Sign-up by visiting the The Salford Stadium Ticket Office or calling 0161 786 1570.
Salford Red Devils have been working hard in pre-season and Head Coach Ian Watson had the lads on the mats last week. We’ve compiled some of the best wrestling images for you to take a look at.
Imagery provided by Club Photographer Steve McCormick and University of Salford student Emma Butler.
Salford Red Devils forward Craig Kopczak feels there were a lot of positives despite his sides loss at Warrington on Saturday afternoon.
Kopczak, who is still available for sponsorship, said: “We took a lot of positives out of it.
“First half was nip and tuck a bit of an arm wrestle and that’s what it’s going to be like in Super League so yeah a positive outcome really.”
Ian Watson has added a lot of new faces to the Salford Red Devils squad for 2018 but Kopczak feels like the side is coming together well particularly in the forwards.
Kopczak said: “We’re doing great fantastic at the moment.
“Against better opposition in Warrington I know we didn’t come away with the win but we came away with positives from that game and we can take that forward into the Wigan game.
“We felt pretty strong out there pretty physical and dominant as well really to be fair.
“We’ve just got to cut out some silly errors and some penalties but we are a flair kind of team we know that we like to pass the ball and like to play a little bit.
“You know the conditions didn’t really suit our style of play but you know when it comes nice the skills will come back out again.”
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