SALFORD RED DEVILS TO APPEAL RYAN BRIERLEY BAN

Following review, we can confirm that the club is appealing the suspension issued to Ryan Brierley by the Match Review Panel.

The full-back has been handed a one-match ban for Grade C ‘Head Contact’ following a collision during our Round 1 fixture against Leeds Rhinos.

BRIERLEY: “THAT’S A PRETTY SPECIAL FEELING!”

Away from the rugby field, Ryan Brierley has a slightly different responsibility.

In 2020, he established the Player’s Player; a sports management company based in the North West, covering the whole of the United Kingdom and beyond. 

One of many athletes on his books is Manchester City and Lioness star, Jess Park.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, after penning his new three-year contract, Brierley was discussing why he decided to pursue becoming an agent.

He said: “I love that side of it; looking after players and representing them.

“It’s funny because when I first set it up, my agent told me to go nowhere near it – he said it’s one of the worst jobs in rugby league!

“I’ve strictly kept it to football, which has helped me massively. Just the fact that they trust me with their career is nice, it’s really humbling that when things go wrong, they turn to me.

“I’d like to think I’ve gone through enough in my career where I can give advice and knowledge that is useful to them.

“Because I think I’ve not had it all my own way in my career, I’ve had to go through some tough times as well, in different scenarios that are difficult for young players to go through.”

Park – who kindly came down to one part of Brierley’s contract shoot – has made five appearances for the England Women’s national team, scoring one goal.

That strike came on her debut in November 2022 – a night Brierley recalls very fondly.

He stated: “I’d like to think I’m well-versed and in a good position to give advice to young players, and the way that they trust me with a lot of stuff is really nice.

“Seeing one of your players play for England at Wembley; I didn’t think I’d ever get close to that, so to see that happen, I kind of get the feeling of when my mum and dad watch me play, how good it feels, how special it feels.

“So that’s a pretty special feeling and one that I want to last forever.”

Brierley finished by admitting his own experiences have shaped how he approaches different situations with the players involved with his agency.

“Ultimately, it came from a position where I didn’t want to let any of my players go through a day of what I went through,” the fullback continued.

“There’s been tough moments in my career and hopefully the players don’t go through any of that, and I can help them.”

To see the full interview with Ryan, head over to our YouTube channel HERE.

BRIERLEY: “NO PLACE I’D RATHER BE!”

Ryan Brierley couldn’t hide his delight after penning another three-year contract at his boyhood club.

From the stands to under the sticks, the remarkable rise of one of our own continues.

After enjoying what was likely the best season of his professional career in 2023, Brierley has put any speculation to bed with this new long-term deal.

Finally becoming a red in 2022, the fullback quickly established himself as the club’s number one and hasn’t looked back since.

He has made a name as one of the best support players in the competition. He is so often at the heart of our best attacking displays, but Brierley’s defensive game has also been a major standout during 2023.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Brierley was thrilled to finally confirm his stay.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time since I joined the club and – hopefully – we can get a few more players over the line to add to an already decent team, and improve on last year, which is the main thing.

“This team needs success over the next couple of years and hopefully I can be influential to that.”

“All my family are buzzing – they all get a couple more free tickets don’t they,” Brierley joked when asked how his family feel about extending his stay.

“I’ve made no secret about it, the people who come to the games are my people. Obviously my family are really proud and seeing them in the stands every week is pretty special.

“There’s no place I’d rather be!”

His connection to Salford Red Devils is perhaps deeper than anyone in the current squad. Brierley has mentioned in the past how his dad used to take him to our old ground, the Willows and sit in the famous Shed End.

“My brother text me something similar because we used to go to the games together when we was younger,” he responded when asked about playing for his boyhood club.

“It probably hasn’t really sunk in yet. It will probably be when I finish my career, one of the proudest moments knowing I’ve fulfilled a dream.

“To extend my stay is brilliant, but just to play one game was pretty special for me and my family, so no-one can take that away from me.

“That was my dream as a kid and it’s definitely a dream fulfilled, so it’s nice to extend the stay a bit longer!”

To hear our full chat with Ryan on a number of topics, click HERE.

RYAN BRIERLEY SIGNS NEW THREE-YEAR SALFORD RED DEVILS CONTRACT

We are delighted to reveal Ryan Brierley has signed a new three-year contract at Salford Red Devils.

One of our own has put all recent speculation to bed by committing his future at the Salford Stadium until the end of 2026.

This extension comes directly after what was widely regarded as the best of his professional career so far.

In 29 appearances, Brierley provided 18 try contributions across 2023 and was so often at the heart of our best attacking performances.

That, in tandem with some outstanding defensive contributions across the campaign, earned mass plaudits from his teammates, the coaching staff and the wider fanbase.

He was recognised for his incredible efforts by picking up the Supporters’ Player and Coaches’ Player of the Year trophies at our end of season awards evening.

In reaction to confirmation of his new deal, Brierley said: “I am delighted to extend my stay with this club.

“It’s been a crazy few days, but I reiterated all along my desire was to stay here and the club never let me down. They made sure I felt wanted and valued, and stuck to their word.

“My team mates are the best group I’ve been involved with, and that’s a testament to Paul Rowley and his coaching staff, who clearly know how to get the best out of me.

“There’s only one person who I think can deliver a trophy for this club and it’s Paul Rowley – and I want to be here when that happens.

“I have a huge interest in growing the club off the field and believe I can be influential in that area, but my only focus for the next three years is winning a trophy for my club!”

Brierley continued: “I would like to thank Paul King, Ian Blease and Paul Rowley for the work with my manager in delivering what I wanted – and that’s being a Salford Red Devils player.

“I want to publicly thank MUSE for their continued support and allowing us to maximise this moment alongside them.

“I want to say thank you to Marc Darcy Suits, once again, for their sponsorship of the club and making the boys look extremely sharp on match day – and their willingness to make this contract renewal modern, fresh and exciting.

“Thank you to Manchester City, Etihad Airways and Jess Park for there collaboration and support for this content to be shared with you guys.

“Hopefully more eyes from different sports and communities can be excited about these partnerships we are building!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “It is fantastic that Ryan has extended his contract and committed long-term to the club.

“He adds so much value on and off the field not only to the team, but to the club as a whole. He had a great year last year and was key to most things good happening.

“Myself and the lads are made up that we get to continue our journey with Ryan by our side and we have total belief in him, and what he brings to our group.”

Director of Rugby & Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “Having come close to signing Ryan on a few occasions previously, it was a pleasure to finally secure his signature in 2022 – and what a great signing he has been for our club!

“Ryan has come into his own at the Red Devils, both as a player and person.

“It is down to his own hard work and deduction to his role within the club that he now one of our most trusted, and influential players.

“It has been a pleasure to reward and extend Ryan’s contract. I believe he has thoroughly deserved it, through both his on pitch performances and the way he operates outside of the club.

“I look forward to sharing the coming seasons with Ryan and his wonderful family!”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils is delighted Ryan has extended his stay at the club and want to wish him a huge congratulations.

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RYAN BRIERLEY WINS AUGUST PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Ryan Brierley has been voted August’s Player of the Month.

One of our own has picked up the accolade for the second time this season, after winning the award in June for his stellar performances across the month.

August has been exactly the same for Brierley, who has shown on a consistent basis all season why he is one of the most underrated players across the whole division.

This month he has fought off competition from teammates, Ken Sio, Oliver Partington and Brad Singleton, who have all contributed to the teams’ success in the past few weeks.

In reaction to winning the award, Brierley has said: “I’m pleased to win Player of the Month award voted for by the fans, it’s always nice to be recognised.

“The season is still alive so we need your support more than ever Friday night!”

Got a question for Ryan? Head to our social channels to ask it and you may be featured in one of our upcoming videos.

A huge congratulations to Ryan for picking up the award for the second time this season!

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V WARRINGTON

It might have taken up to eighty-three minutes to get a result, but when it came the celebrations throughout the Salford stadium were comparable with having won a major trophy, as the Red Devils gained the two league points at the expense of the visiting Warrington Wolves, to go level with them on points, with only two games remaining.

Such was the importance of this particular fixture that the tension and intensity, prevalent throughout the match, led to rather more errors than might be expected at Super League level, yet on this occasion so closely matched were the two sides that these merely added to the excitement as to how the game would continue to unfold.  Twists and turns really do keep your concentration, and nerves, keyed up to the final whistle.

And when it eventually did come, what a tremendous way to secure the win – not with the anticipated drop-goal, but through a near length of the field, try of the match, which capped everything that had gone before, in terms of quality.  Slick hands moved the ball swiftly to the left wing, to put Joe Burgess in the clear.  That he was backed up the whole of the way by Sam Stone, a second row forward, was quite remarkable taking into account both the energy and pace needed to be in position to take the inside pass to score.

That it was the home side which had eventually taken the game was, in some respects, justice, for they had, on the whole, been the better of the two teams throughout, showing more ideas and organisation on attack, whilst defending their line, in particular, to greater effect.

This was evidenced in the three tries each team scored during the regular eighty minutes.  Warrington’s first two came from individual errors from our wingers, usually so reliable under the high ball, each dropping a keenly contested bomb giving the Wolves a dream start to each half.

Williams’s score between the posts, on 68 mins, was the one time they did successfully breech Salford’s goal-line defence, though, in fairness, there had been three occasions in the first half when their efforts were chalked off, the most noticeable being on the stroke of half time, when the video referee overturned the on-field decision to Thewlis’s grounding, in Salford’s favour.

In contrast, however, Ben Hellewell’s 22nd minute try came as a result of his beating his marker, in one of the quite few, man-on-man, line breeches in the whole game.  Then there was Brodie Croft, now coming back into the form he had shown to such dazzling effect last season.  His first, on 29 mins, followed two tremendous tackles, the first from Ryan Brierley on his opposite number Dufty, and then from the magnificent King Vuniyayawa and Chris Atkin which forced the ball out of the grasp of Ratchford.  Andy Ackers was on hand to collect it with next Atkin then sending out a wide pass to Croft in acres of space to score unopposed.

There was much more to his second, on 62 mins, than just a lucky ricochet.  Twice he put in short, low, end-of-set kicks to the Wolves’ line, the first of which forced a goal-line drop-out for a repeat set.  The second hit an opponent’s leg with Croft being easily the most alert person on the field to react by turning back on himself collecting the loose ball, and going over by the right-hand upright.

Salford too, had had a couple of disappointments, the first coming as early as the seventh minute, when a good attacking move to the right enabled Deon Cross to straighten up and go for the line, only for a first attempted tackle to be adjudged by the video referee as effective, owing to the fact that there was still contact between the defender’s hand and Cross’s foot as his ball carrying arm touched the ground.

All of which combined to make this a most riveting contest, of which both sides seemed to make heavy weather, in their endeavours to secure the points.  In the considerable heat of the day, however, it was the Salford players who always showed the greater desire and determination throughout and the fact that they had already had successful experience of Golden Point extra time, in their first home fixture with Wakefield, stood them in good stead for the final culmination.

Having to play extra time in the run up before another do-or-die encounter the following week, away at Hull KR, who had already had an extra two days’ recovery from their visit to Huddersfield, does not seem at all helpful, but such was the euphoria from, and the manner of, this win, that the boost it will have given the players, both jointly and individually, might just be enough to carry them through despite the adversities they face in the run-up to the game.  The fabulous support of our travelling fans will undoubtedly be a vital factor in keeping their spirits up throughout the encounter, so please all do get yourselves over there and make yourselves known, throughout.

AUGUST PLAYER OF THE MONTH NOMINEES REVEALED

It’s time for you to vote for your August Player of the Month…

With the Betfred Super League season almost over, it’s crunch time for Salford Red Devils in their pursuit of playoff rugby.

We have some big games coming up in September, but last month saw the Red Devils return to form after a six-game losing streak.

Despite a narrow loss to St Helens, we picked-up two massive wins over Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity to close out August.

Across that time, four players stood out above the rest.

Starting with new signing, Brad Singleton – who has taken to life at Salford by storm.

Since joining the club in mid-July, he has been a mainstay in Paul Rowley’s starting line-up and produced some stellar performances in the forward pack.

Next up is Oliver Partington.

It’ll come as no great shock to anyone to see the prop forward amongst the four candidates, after some high-quality minutes across the month.

After hitting 100 Super League tries and reaching 100 Salford Red Devils appearances last month, Ken Sio is your next nominee.

And last, but certainly not least, is Ryan Brierley.

He’s one of our own and continues to set the standard with some outstanding performances at fullback.

So, who gets your vote this month? Cast yours below!



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RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: SALFORD V WAKEFIELD

Although there may have been recent games in which the Salford Red Devils have put in better performances than the one last Friday evening against Wakefield Trinity, the outcome in those was far less satisfactory than that of this one.  We would however all have given a great deal, on those occasions, to have been coming away with two more league points, as we were able to do, this time.

The acquisition of these two, on Friday, to go alongside the pair achieved the previous weekend at Huddersfield, could prove vital in building future momentum, and ultimately gaining a position in the top six play-offs.

And there were certain aspects of this game, which were quite noteworthy in themselves, not least the Salford defence.  The greatest ignominy one can inflict upon a team is to keep them totally scoreless, and this, the Red Devils achieved with some distinction.

There will be some discussion within the Wakefield ranks about the number of handling errors in their approach work, which spoiled their chances, but these were predominantly in the second half, as a consequence of the pressure the Reds had exerted upon them earlier, thereby unsettling their attacking rhythm and their nerves, as the game wore on.

The opening exchanges were, in stark contrast, most intensely fought with both sides going set for set in a quite fierce arm-wrestle for the first ten minutes, with the only break in play coming with Salford’s opening try.  Indeed, this apart, it had been proving to be the visitors who were getting the upper hand, pushing the Red Devils further and further to their own line, thanks to the power of their forward drives and long raking end-of-set kicks.

If there were one moment which typified the strength and resilience of the Salford defence, however, it came in the twenty-first minute, with a four-man, gang-tackle, by Sam Stone, Kallum Watkins Andy Ackers, and King Vuniyayawa on the mountain of a man which is David Fifita, driving him back. 

Of course, four men are always going to prove too much for any one person – including David Fifita – but it is the ability to get the four men in there, all together at the same time, which is the real achievement.  It was this and many other such defensive efforts which eventually led to the lacklustre Trinity attack, later in the game.

Scores, though, were at a premium to both sides.  Indeed, there seemed to be something of good fortune about each of the Reds’ trio of tries.  In tight games, it often proves to be the mis-pass which breaks a team’s defensive line as the players get sucked out of position so leaving gaps, and that is exactly what happened with Salford’s first. 

An intended pass went to ground but then stood up neatly into Kallum Watkins’s hands enabling him to go straight through the gap in front of him, and, with support on either side of him, he chose Ryan Brierley on his inside, who went the remaining distance to the posts.

How important taking every point was proving to be led to Marc Sneyd improving upon his three successful conversions to tries the last of which was from the touchline, with a penalty goal, on 28 mins.

Ackers probably felt most thankful to the Wakefield player who palmed the ball back to him, unmarked, from a short goal-line drop-out, for his 49th minute try.  The real credit for that, though, should go to the outstanding Vuniyayawa for his ferocious crash-tackle on a Wakefield ball-carrier, to force the drop-out, and even prior to that to the Salford kick-chasers for tying the Trinity onto their own line, for the start of their set.

The culminating, final, ninety metre, try of the match came as a result of Ken Sio’s getting in the way of a Wakefield pass and setting off on the journey to the other try-line, before selecting Brierley, yet again, to go over, this time, in the corner, with less than three minutes left.

A twenty-point victory is, in itself, impressive, but what was somewhat frustrating was the number of other opportunities which could have counted, but on this occasion evaded them, not least the wet ball squeezing out of Brodie Croft’s grasp as he sought to take control of it, over the try line, from a short kick.  On another night, many of these chances would probably have combined to go some way towards doubling their final tally.

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: HUDDERSFIELD V SALFORD

A magnificent second half performance proved to be decisive in the Red Devils registering their first win since their victory over Castleford, back in early June, when they proved far too strong and, equally so, able to adapt in defeating the Huddersfield Giants.

So often in recent weeks fans have left games feeling a little disappointed after slender half time leads have been eroded by opponents as the second forty minutes has passed.  Not so on this occasion, however, with the visitors going from strength to strength, as the game unfolded.

There will have been little surprise, one would suspect, in the Salford ranks at this, with the strongest starting seventeen they have been able to field since the early rounds of the season, and only long-term absentee, Shane Wright, who would undoubtedly have claimed a spot in the team if fit, missing out.

From the very outset there was a sheer determination evident throughout the visitors’ ranks and they totally dominated the opening exchanges, with Huddersfield being put on the back foot throughout this period.  Indeed, Salford did cross for a couple of would-be tries, both of which were chalked off by referee, Liam Moore, and much against the run of play, it was the Giants who opened the scoring on 17 minutes, with a converted try.

This merely served to stiffen the Reds’ resolve, and, within three minute, they had erased it by means of Ryan Brierley’s steaming onto Brodie Croft’s impeccably delayed/timed pass to go over to the right of the posts, and although Huddersfield restored their lead by two points, it was incredible footwork from Sam Stone, following a great break by Andy Ackers, that put the Red Devils in front for the first time, on 32 minutes.

No-one was getting overly optimistic at half time, with the score line being one of the slenderest of recent weeks.  But the mood of the Salford players was unmistakable as they resumed for the second half, and with good reason: that fifteen minutes in the dressing room had determined a total change of tactics, which was to prove to be the undoing of their hosts, who had clearly done their homework on how to defend against Salford’s wide expansive handling moves.

This had proved to be quite effective in the first half, limiting the Reds to only their two tries.  The second half was to be quite different, however, with the boot of Marc Sneyd taking over.  Not only did he succeed with converting all of their five try total together with a late penalty after the hooter had gone, his tactical kicking opened up the home defence again and again.

The first came as early as the 42nd minute when a high kick was allowed to bounce and resulted in Ackers adding a second kick overhead for Stone to completely rock the Giants by grounding the ball a split second before it would have gone dead.

Not every kick brought a try but invariably brought rewards of a different variety, such as goal-line drop-outs, knock ons, and good field position.  One further one, though, did, with Ken Sio grounding in the corner for his long-awaited hundredth Super League try, while Chris Atkin put the icing on the cake after Kallum Watkins and Deon Cross had reminded us of just how good the Reds can be with ball in hand.

What will probably have pleased the coaching staff particularly was the fact that they conceded not a single point after the interval and the Giants had to be content with their one solitary try and couple of goals from the first forty.  Not that they did not come close on a couple of occasions, but the Salford defence was equal to each, with last ditch tackles denying them when it looked for all the world that they would score.

So the drought of league points has been brought to an end, and this could be just the victory that will ultimately prove to be the one which turns the season around.  It was certainly one of their best all round performances and for the full eighty minutes.

JUNE PLAYER OF THE MONTH NOMINEES REVEALED

It’s time for you to vote for your June Player of the Month…

The Red Devils started the month with a bang and picked up two fantastic victories over Hull KR and Castleford Tigers.

In a close encounter at Magic Weekend, Brodie Croft was the star of a 26-16 victory.

That result was followed by a stunning, attacking display at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, where we scored eight tries and moved within two points of the top.

With injuries in the squad at a crucial time, our progress has been slightly halted as of late.

We were eliminated from the Betfred Challenge Cup by Hull KR and suffered back-to-back Betfred Super League defeats against Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity.

However, four names have been standout performers for Paul Rowley’s squad across the month of June.

Starting with Ryan Brierley, who has been nominated for a fourth consecutive month.

His consistency at fullback is a pivotal part of our spine and he is so often a driving force behind some of our best performances this season.

As is the skipper, Kallum Watkins – our second nominee.

A natural centre in the second-row, the England international continues to show his class on a week-by-week basis.

The return of Ken Sio was a welcome boost to the team last month. He scored two excellent tries against Castleford and reminded everyone why he is one of the most prolific wingers in the league.

Chris Atkin – who signed a contract extension last month – is our final nominee and Mr Versatile has been called upon in multiple positions, yet again this month.

Most notably, he finished a stunning breakaway try at Magic Weekend to secure the two points.

So… who gets your vote? Let us know by voting in the poll below!


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