GALLERY – ACKERS, WILLIAMS AND GERRARD JOIN PRE-SEASON TRAINING

Andy Ackers, Rhys Williams and Alex Gerrard were the latest to return to pre-season training ahead of the 2023 campaign.

There’s not long to go until Salford Red Devils kick-off their Betfred Super League season against Leigh Leopards – with friendlies approaching even sooner.

You can find the full gallery from this morning’s training session below:

GALLERY – DEON CROSS AND TYLER DUPREE JOIN PRE-SEASON PREPERATIONS

On a wet and windy day at the Salford Stadium, Deon Cross and Tyler Dupree – who represented the England Knights last month – rejoined the squad for pre-season training.

The 2023 campaign is ticking ever closer and another new addition, Ellis Longstaff, joined the group this week after completing a one-year loan move from Warrington Wolves.

You can find the full gallery below:

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Ian Watson | “Total Ninja offered the lads something different”

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 to host local rivals Swinton Lions in pre-season

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 to host Wigan Warriors in pre-season

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.

Gallery | Salford Red Devils Wrestling Session

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.

Craig Kopczak – “We took a lot of positives”

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.”

Three talking points – Warrington Wolves 18-6 Salford Red Devils

After suffering a 18-6 defeat at the hands of Warrington in our second pre-season friendly of 2018 we take a look at three talking points from the game.

  1. The battle in the halves

There is a real fight underway for the half-back shirts at Salford with Rob Lui, Gareth O’Brien and Jack Littlejohn all having put good cases forward to start the first game of the Betfred Super League season against Wigan in less than two weeks time.
Lui and O’Brien started in the halves against Warrington yesterday with Lui grabbing the Red Devils sole try. O’Brien has adapted well to his way into the halves after a few years at full-back while Littlejohn entered the fray in the second half and was a constant threat.
O’Brien eluded to the competition for places in his pre-Warrington interview and this can already be seen in the push for a half-back spot. This can only be good for the Red Devils attack in 2018. 

  1. Josh Jones’ performance

One standout performer for Ian Watson’s side at the Halliwell Jones Stadium yesterday was second-row Josh Jones.
Jones was tasked with keeping Ben Murdoch-Masila quiet throughout the game and he man did an excellent job matching the former Salford man physically even forcing him to knock-on.
The former St Helens man was also dangerous going forward with his offload game opening a few opportunities for Salford. Last year Jones switched between the centres and back-row but if he continues to play like he did yesterday there is no doubt he’ll cement a permanent spot in the second-row.

  1. Former Salford men

Despite Jones keeping Murdoch-Masila quiet for the majority of the game it was two former Red Devils who unlocked the Salford defence and helped Wire to victory.
The Tongan forward managed to get a hand free in the closing stages of the first half and offload to Joe Philbin to level the scores going into the interval.
In the opening stages of the second half it was another former Red Devil in Stefan Ratchford who managed to reach out and plant the ball down to give Warrington a lead which they didn’t surrender despite Salford’s best efforts.
 

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