WILSON: “I JUST WANT TO TEST MYSELF IN A FIRST-TEAM ENVIRONMENT”

New signing, Harvey Wilson is excited to test his abilities in a first-team environment.

The youngster has become the latest addition to Paul Rowley’s squad and will bolster our forward pack for the next two years.

After progressing through the ranks with Wigan Warriors’ Scholarship programme, the 20-year-old has enjoyed loan spells at various Championship clubs and will now make the step-up to a professional environment for the first time.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, Wilson said: “I’m excited to be here. I’ve been around a first-team environment before, but it’s a bit of a new thing for me.

“The players, coaches and everyone have been really welcoming – I’ve had a good first day, good session.”

Moving on to describe what skillset he can bring to the team, the forward continued: “I think I’m a bit of a smaller middle, so I’ve got a bit of pace, a bit of ball-handling.

“I like to think I’m a bit strong too, but I’d like to see about that at first-team level.”

“I think I’m just starting to come into my own a little bit. From Academy/Reserves, up to Championship, it’s a big step – bigger bodies.

“But I think I’ve done well in Champ and I just want to test myself in a first-team environment against some other first-team players.”

Wilson has already been hard at work in training, linking-up on Monday morning as the team prepare for the visit of world champions, Wigan Warriors this Sunday.

“All the time. I think it’s important, however old you are – even if I was a bit older – if there’s people that are more experienced or people that are younger that have a good skillset, ” he stated when asked whether he’ll be leaning on the advice of some of the senior figures in the team.

“But it’s just about asking questions, I’ll be asking questions all the time, getting as much as I can.

“They’ve already been great. Like today I’ve had a lot of people saying a lot of things; what they can tip me up with with.”

To see our full, first interview with Harvey, click below.

HARVEY WILSON SIGNS FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS

We are delighted to reveal the signing of Harvey Wilson from Wigan Warriors.

The 20-year-old has joined the club immediately for the remainder of 2024 and will also be part of Paul Rowley’s playing squad for 2025.

Wilson is a young forward who started his career at Clock Face Miners, Orrell St James and Siddal, before signing for Wigan in 2020.

Since his move into the Warriors Scholarship programme, Wilson has enjoyed loan spells at Oldham Roughyeds, Widnes Vikings and most recently, Bradford Bulls.

The youngster has already linked-up with his new teammates for training and will continue his exciting development under our coaching staff.

In reaction to joining Salford Red Devils, Wilson has said: “I am really looking forward to joining Salford.

“I can’t wait to get into it and take any opportunity I can to help the club. I am looking forward to playing with the lads and in front of the fans!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has added: “I am pleased to welcome Harvey to the club. He’s a very determined young player who will be a great addition to our group.”

Director of Rugby & Operations, Ian Blease has also said: “I would like to welcome Harvey and his family to Salford Red Devils.

“Harvey will now get the opportunity to position himself within our team and bolster our forward pack for the remainder of this season, and next.

“Harvey comes in off his growing reputation within the game, and I am really excited to see how he grabs this opportunity.

“Finally, I would like to say thank you Kris Radlinski and the Wigan club for allowing Harvey to take up this position at the Red Devils!”

Everyone at Salford would like to welcome Harvey to the club and look forward to seeing his progression over the next 18 months.

WOMEN’S TEAM TO HOST MID-SEASON TRIALS

Our Women’s team are looking for aspirational athletes who want to join our already talented playing group.

This season, they are competing the the Women’s Championship, with a view to progressing into the Betfred Women’s Super League. 

We’re looking for players who can commit to training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as match days – which are predominantly Sundays.

The season concludes late-September/early October and pre-season for 2025 will start around December 2024.

Trials will take place on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th May at the Salford Stadium (AJ Bell Stadium). 

Registration is at 6:30pm in the main stadium entrance. There will be a mix of field, fitness, skill and contact, so please bring boots and trainers.

By filling out this form you are confirming your attendance, however if you have any other queries please email womensrl@salfordreddevils.net

If you are already registered with a Super League club, you can also speak to your team manager or coach about possible dual-registration.

Click HERE to register your attendance.

WARRINGTON TRIP ON SALE NOW

Tickets for our Betfred Super League trip to take-on Warrington Wolves are on sale now.

Our next away clash is only a short journey down the M62, where an in-form Wire side, led by Sam Burgess, will be looking to get revenge from our previous meeting in late-April.

A hard-fought victory for Salford was kickstarted by a sublime, solo run by Tim Lafai, who fended multiple Wire defenders before crashing over in the left corner.

Joe Mellor also crossed for his first in Red Devils’ colours, but the game was eventually settled by a penalty-try when Danny Walker impeded Ryan Brierley from grounding just 10 minutes from time.

Our next encounter will be at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday, June 14th, with a 8pm kick-off.

Tickets are on sale now – click HERE to join us for a massive game in Round 14.

Prices for this fixture are: £26 Adults, £20 for Concessions (65+) and 17-23 year-olds, £14 for Junior 12-16 year-olds, £12 for Junior U12s, and £5 for Junior 2-5 year-olds.

Infant U2s and Ambulant Carers are FOC.

Wheelchair disabled supporters will have to book directly from Warrington’s ticket office by calling 01925 248888.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Salford Red Devils receive commission on all tickets pre-purchased from Salford Stadium and nothing from on the day sales, so we urge you to buy your tickets from us directly.

FREE PRODUCT FROM BRAINS CBD

Club partner, Brains Pure CBD, are giving supporters an opportunity to claim free CBD product worth £50 ahead of our home game against Wigan Warriors.

Taking CBD has been studied to support your well-being by reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, supporting joint health, and reducing chronic pain.

To claim your free product, complete the Brains Pure CBD form by clicking here.

Don’t miss out! Fill out the form, and visit the ABK Beer Bus on Sunday 26th May, and collect your free product.

MATCH REPORT – LEIGH LEOPARDS 40-12 SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 11)

Salford Red Devils were well beaten by Leigh Leopards this evening.

Injury trouble has hit Paul Rowley’s squad once again, but our Head Coach was able to recall King Vuniyayawa, Amir Bourouh and Chris Hankinson on the interchange bench.

The Leopards set the tone from kick-off, with the likes of Tom Amone and Robbie Mulhern making big metres downfield.

It set the platform for Leigh’s first try of the evening. Matt Moylan skipped across the line and slipped in Umyla Hanley to stroll under the posts.

Lachlan Lam was causing problems with his sharp running game, but it was his neat grubber kick which allowed Josh Charnley to extend the lead by slamming down in the left corner.

Despite a disappointing opening 20 minutes, skipper, Kallum Watkins dragged his team back into the contest with a string of brilliant plays.

The first forced a drop-out when he broke the line and sent a short kick towards Ethan Ryan, but the other did lead to us putting points on the board.

Marc Sneyd found his halfback partner, Chris Atkin and his short ball, followed by Watkins’ offload, allowed Ryan Brierley to stroll in.

Momentum was starting to swing and Sneyd pinned a 20-40 to put us within range once more.

After some inventive play from Ryan, Nene Macdonald grounded the ball for Salford in the right corner, but play was pulled back for an offside.

That – and maybe Leigh’s try just before half-time – was a big moment in the game. Lam had ball in hand and lofted a pass out wide to Hanley, who crashed over for his second of the evening.

Salford needed to return from the break and gain control of proceedings, but it did start to slip away when Charnley went 70 metres from a kick return to score in the corner.

Minutes later, Lam was the architect again with the boot – this time it was Matt Davis who capitalised to score.

Leigh looked comfortable and all-but made sure of the two points when Brad Dwyer cut inside to slide under the sticks.

It was the same source who created the next try; piercing a gap in the Salford line to tee-up Lam for a try of his own.

There was time at the end for Tim Lafai to make a break and add a consolation to take Salford’s tally up to double digits, but it was an all-round disappointing night for the Red Devils, who will have a short break before welcoming Wigan Warriors to the Salford Community Stadium.

MATCH FACTS:

Salford line-up: Ryan Brierley, Ethan Ryan, Nene Macdonald, Tim Lafai, Deon Cross, Chris Atkin, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, Cade Cust, Brad Singleton, Kallum Watkins, Sam Stone, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Amir Bourouh, King Vuniyayawa, Ben Hellewell, Chris Hankinson.

Tries: Ryan Brierley, Tim Lafai.

Conversions: Marc Sneyd (2/2)

Leigh Leopards line-up: Matt Moylan, Umyla Hanley, Zak Hardaker, Ricky Leutele, Josh Charnley, Ben McNamara, Lachlan Lam, Tom Amone, Edwin Ipape, Robbie Mulhern, Kai O’Donnell, Frankie Halton, Owen Trout.

Interchanges: Jack Hughes, Matt Davis, Brad Dwyer, Ed Chamberlain.

Tries: Umyla Hanley (2), Josh Charnley (2), Brad Dwyer, Lachlan Lam, Matt Davis.

Conversions: Matt Moylan (1/2), Zak Hardaker (5/5)

HT: 16-6

TEAM NEWS | CUST IN AT NINE FOR INJURED MELLOR

Paul Rowley has been forced to make changes to his team who beat Huddersfield Giants last Friday.

Versatile hooker, Joe Mellor has broke his hand, so Cade Cust is at nine, with a more natural replacement in Amir Bourouh returning to take a place on the interchange bench.

The rest of the starting 13 remains the same, so that means Brad Singleton will continue to gain match fitness from the off, following a spell on the sidelines.

A major reshuffle comes with our interchanges, as King Vuniyayawa, Chris Hankinson and Ben Hellewell – who have all returned from injuries themselves – replaced the wounded Shane Wright, Joe Shorrocks and Gil Dudson.

Check out the line-up below and head to social media to give your reaction:

BRIERLEY: “A BIT OF A RUGBY NERD ACTUALLY!”

Ryan Brierley has heaped praise on the in form Nene Macdonald after another stellar display last Friday night.

The PNG international was at his thrilling best at the John Smith’s Stadium, scoring two tries in a 16-18 win against Huddersfield Giants.

His first was a stunning full length break after intercepting Jake Connor’s attempted cut-out pass, whilst his second was a powerful run from dummy-half to crash through the line.

Speaking to our YouTube channel after Captain’s run, teammate, Ryan Brierley was asked if he was surprised at the impact Macdonald has made since joining the club.

“No. I watched him play for Leigh a few years back and I realised then what a talent he was. Playing at Leeds, I saw how much of a talent he was then and how hard he is to handle,” he said.

“But regardless of the rugby, I just think we’ve brought another great character to the group. He’s that chilled – a bit of rugby nerd actually!

“You wouldn’t think it, but he loves his rugby, talking about different plays and ways he can express himself – which is what we want.

“I think this environment suits him down to the ground. It’s a very relaxed environment where you can just focus on playing rugby and enjoying yourself.

“He’s certainly doing that and I think that’s evident in his performances.”

Last weekend’s win was our seventh from ten Betfred Super League games so far this season – a run which sees us tied with five other clubs on 14 points.

In our last two outings, the Red Devils have beaten the team picked as favourites prior to kick-off.

“I suppose it’s just factual, isn’t it?” Brierley replied when asked if being the underdogs favoured his team.

“When you look at the squad spend of other teams and the resource of other teams, I think it’s fair to put us as underdogs.

“We’re not expected to do anything. Obviously it adds as a motivation that people write us off all the time, but it’s been the case ever since I came here three years ago, so nothing has really changed.”

He continued: “I think we’ve added a tough mentality with Ollie P and Singo, people like that, who have won things at big clubs, which certainly helps.

“But we’re okay with it. It’s not a tag that we kind of shout about. Especially Rowls, I think he’d rather have more resource and more money to spend, but that’s the case.

“We do well with what we’ve got and hopefully we can keep the good run of form going. Obviously we have a few injuries, so we need to manage them the best we can and come through a tough period.”

To see our full pre-match chat with Ryan, click below.

MATCH PREVIEW – LEIGH LEOPARDS VS SALFORD RED DEVILS (ROUND 11)

Salford Red Devils enter the Leopards Den in Round 11, looking to secure a fourth consecutive Betfred Super League victory.

Despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise, Paul Rowley’s side produced a fine display in our last outing to beat Huddersfield Giants.

A late fightback threatened to damper Salford’s spirits, but it was too little too late for the hosts, with Nene Macdonald starring in a 16-18 win.

The team will need to continue that momentum against Leigh Leopards on Friday; a side we have already faced once before this season.

Ryan Brierley scored twice on his 300th career appearance, as the Reds fought hard for a 32-22 win at the Salford Community Stadium.

Here’s everything you need to know about our second meeting of 2024:


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Tickets are still on sale to join us at the LSV this Friday. Click here to secure your place, with tickets available from the Salford Community Stadium until 12pm on Friday.

Any uncollected, pre-purchased tickets will also be taken directly to the stadium.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Salford Red Devils receive commission on all tickets pre-purchased from Salford Stadium and nothing from on the day sales, so we urge you to buy your tickets from us directly.


SQUAD NEWS

There’s a few bumps and bruises for our Head Coach to take care of from last Friday’s contest in Huddersfield.

Joe Mellor and Joe Shorrocks are the big omissions, with the pair forced to leave the field with their own respective injuries.

Shane Wright, Gil Dudson and Andrew Dixon are also not 100% fit for this one, so miss out on the 20-man squad.

However, there is a return for young hooker, Amir Bourouh, who has recovered from an ankle injury. King Vuniyayawa is also back after adhering to concussion protocols.

Check out the full squad below.


LAST TIME OUT

We have already taken on the Leopards in Rivals Round earlier this season, but you’ll have to go back to 2023’s edition for the last time we travelled to the LSV.

With Rowley’s side starting to find their groove, they returned to take on a side they’d already secured victory against in Round 1.

Josh Charnley opened the scoring for the hosts, but three quick fire tries from Ken Sio, Sam Stone and Brodie Croft motored the Red Devils into a 10-point lead.

A yellow card for Ryan Brierley threatened to derail the Salford momentum, but nice work from Marc Sneyd and a bust up the middle from Tyler Dupree sealed the two points.

Check out the highlights from that game by clicking below.


HOW TO WATCH

Nothing beats experiencing the action in the flesh, but if you’re unable to attend this one, TV and streaming coverage is available.

SuperLeague+ is the new home of LIVE Betfred Super League action. 

Fans can watch over 100 live Super League games, full match replays, highlights and other on-demand content each season – including this Sunday’s fixture.

Click HERE to secure your pass and get ready to watch the Entertainers take on the Leopards.

Coverage is also available on Sky Sports Action from 8pm.


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