Salford Red Devils will kick-off their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Wigan Warriors in Sam Powell’s testimonial.
After 10 years of service to Wigan and Rugby League Powell has been granted a Testimonial year by the RFL for 2023. The fixture will take place at the DW Stadium on Sunday February, 5th, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.
Powell has made 25o appearances for the Cherry and White’s, winning five major honours and cementing himself as a one-club man.
Upon announcement of the fixture, Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease has said: “It’s an honour for Salford Red Devils to be involved in Sam Powell’s testimonial.
“Sam is a true warrior with immense quality and his performances for Wigan over the years have been outstanding. His commitment to the sport is exemplary and something every young player should strive to replicate. Everyone at the Club is looking forward to celebrating his magnificent achievements on February 5th.”
On being granted his Testimonial year, Powell said: “It’s going to be a special year for me, my family and friends. This will be my 11th season coming up and to spend such a long time at a special Club like Wigan is a real achievement.
“When I signed my last contract, I mentioned how important the Club is to me and my family. I’m very grateful for how supportive Rads and his staff have been.
“I will have a game against Salford on Sunday 5th February at the DW Stadium. To have the game at home is great and I hope all our fans get behind it. It’s going to be a special year.
“I’m very grateful for the committee I’ve got in place. They’ll be the backbone of this year being successful. My first job is to play well for Wigan. I’ll rip in when I get back in pre-season and I’m hoping it will be a very successful year.
“I hope the fans buy into it; I really appreciate the support. I was a fan before I started playing so I know what it’s like. A massive thank you to all my old teammates, staff and coaches – back in my amateur days too. My wife Ria has been on the journey with me. I’m hoping this season is going to be great.”
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