CLUB 13 – THE BUSINESS CLUB OF SALFORD RED DEVILS

Club 13 – as the Business Club of Salford Red Devils – provides opportunities for businesses from across the region to attend high quality networking events, whilst also providing an insight into the world of elite sport.

We are delighted to invite any business from across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire to our event on Thursday November 24th, which is sponsored by Williams Motor Group.

To attend the event, please fill in the following form: https://bit.ly/3smKYb4

You can find out more and get a close insight into a previous event by watching the video below!

SALFORD RED DEVILS SIGN ANDREW DIXON ON A TWO-YEAR DEAL

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Andrew Dixon from Toulouse Olympique, who returns to the Club on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old – born in Manchester – broke through the ranks at St Helens before joining the Red Devils in 2013. During his two-year stint at the Club, Dixon made 37 appearances, winning the Club’s Player of the Year award in 2013 and captaining the side on numerous occasions.

After moving on to Leigh Centurions in 2014, the back-rower won two Championship titles and helped the Club gain promotion back to the Betfred Super League. He has also subsequently enjoyed spells at Toronto Wolfpack – alongside Paul Rowley – and Toulouse Olympique.

Speaking in the wake of his return to the Club, Dixon said: “I’m delighted to have signed for such a progressive club like Salford Red Devils and I’m really looking forward to getting going with this playing group and staff.”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley also said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Andrew to the club. He is the consummate professional and a fantastic person who I know without doubt will further enhance our playing culture and provide experience and quality to our team.

“Along with our other recent signings, I know Dicko joins us for the right reasons and is motivated, proud and excited to join the group.”

Director of rugby and operations, Ian Blease added: “I’m delighted to welcome Andrew back to the Club. It’s clear to see that he is a driven and determined character, who will no doubt add a lot of experience and quality to the current playing squad.

“His experiences with Paul Rowley at Toronto means he will settle into the current style of play really easily and I’m eager to see what he will bring to the table from 2023 and beyond!”

Our new man is up for sponsorship in the 2023 season and you can contact hannah.edge@salfordreddevils.net for more information.

SALFORD RED DEVILS WOMEN ARE PROMOTED TO SUPER LEAGUE GROUP 2

We’re delighted to announce that Salford Red Devils Women have been promoted to Super League Group 2 for the 2023 campaign.

After only losing two competitive fixtures – at a 91% win rate – last season, the girls’ outstanding performances have been recognised. They racked up a staggering 406 points difference on their way to a League Cup and League Leaders Shield double – before just falling short in the Grand Final against Oulton Raidettes.

Typically, the Grand Final winners are offered the chance of promotion, however, after careful consideration, Oulton have decided they could not commit to the specified criteria and our Women’s side have been offered the same opportunity.

Women’s Head Coach, Chris Bates said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Salford Red Devils Women get to go up a league and test themselves in Super League Group 2 – promotion feels like a deserved reward for the team after a fantastic first season.

“It’s easy to forget that we played in every competitive game across a long cup run and a full Championship season, winning 19 out of a possible 21 games.

“It’s the ultimate reward for the hard work that the team put in last season, and we can’t wait to get back into pre-season and build towards this next challenge.”

Women’s Team Manager, Marcelle Lock added: “Being offered the opportunity of promotion into Super League 2 after just one competitive season as a team reflects the hard work and commitment every single person in this group has displayed over the last 12 months.

“They have continued to demonstrate both on and off the field their calibre and drive for success and I could not be prouder – they really are a special bunch.

“Super League was always the goal; the players and staff – who are all volunteers – have done phenomenally well in achieving this along with the support from the club and the foundation. I am really looking forward to seeing what 2023 will bring!”

There is still time to sign-up for Women’s team trials. Everyone who completes the below form will be contacted before the trial date to find out if they are successful, with a cut-off date of November 2nd after 1pm.

SIGN UP HERE: https://bit.ly/3SsWQ6a

Group Two: Barrow Raiders, Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, Leigh Leopards, Salford Red Devils.

SALFORD RED DEVILS FOUNDATION IMPACT REPORT 2022

The Salford Red Devils Foundation is proud to release its most recent Impact Report that gives an overview of the fantastic work we do every year in our local community.

SRDF has – since 2006 – continued to make an impact on the lives of people across the City of Salford and the wider Greater Manchester Community, raising aspiration and improving lives through Sport Health and Education.

Using the vessel of elite professional sport the foundation engages the community through a number of programmes including back to work, mental fitness, health and wellbeing along side our rugby league development pathway ‘rising stars’. High quality education and sports activities are delivered to local schools with many becoming Foundation partners.

SRDF is a charity that is solely funded through grants, donations, sponsorship and commercial activities.

If you can help or would like to get involved with Salford Red Devils Foundation please contact the foundation Director, Neil Blackburn on 0161 631 5252 or neil.blackburn@srdfoundation.co.uk

Read the Impact Report HERE

SALFORD TO FACE HULL KR AT MAGIC WEEKEND 2023

Salford Red Devils will face Hull KR at St James’ Park in the 2023 Magic Weekend.

Paul Rowley’s men will kick-off the weekend on June 3rd with a repeat of the 2019 Magic fixture between the two sides. The game at Anfield was a close one, with the Robins winning by a two-point margin and it promises to be another evenly fought contest in 2023.

Salford are scheduled to get underway at 13:30pm UK and will look to make even more Magic Weekend memories at St James’ Park – who are hosting the event for a record seventh time.

Earlier this year, the Red Devils were narrowly beaten by Huddersfield Giants, but the day surely belonged to now ex-Salford prop and Geordie, Sam Luckley, who crashed under the sticks in front of the Gallowgate End and ran off to celebrate by imitating the Alan Shearer celebration.

Tickets for the event will go on sale from October 23rd and more information on how to secure your place will be coming soon.

2023 Magic Weekend Fixtures in full (all live on Sky Sports):

Saturday 3rd June

Salford Red Devils v Hull KR (13:30)

Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons (15:45)

Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers (18:00)

Sunday 4th June

Wakefield Trinity v Leigh Centurions (12:30)

St Helens v Huddersfield Giants (14:45)

Hull FC v Warrington Wolves (17:00)

ADAM SIDLOW RETURNS TO THE RED DEVILS

Salford Red Devils are pleased to announce that prop Adam Sidlow will return to the club from 2023, signing on a two-year deal.

Sidlow, who has been a key part of Leigh Centurions’ forward pack in their promotion from the Betfred Championship this year, first donned the Salford shirt in 2008. He went on to make 82 appearances for the club in his four-year stint – scoring 14 tries – before moving on to Bradford Bulls.

The front rower made over 100 appearances from Bradford, with two seasons in the top flight and a further two in the Championship, which continued his development as a player. Following the Bulls liquidation in 2017, Sidlow joined Toronto Wolfpack, who were newcomers to League One.

In his first season with the club, Toronto stormed to the title and earned promotion to the Championship. He has since moved to Leigh Centurions and spent a year in the Betfred Super League before earning the club promotion straight back to the top flight a weeks ago.

His experience will be extremely valuable amongst our forward pack and will compliment the mixture of youth and experience we already posses.

Upon signing for the Red Devils, Sidlow said: “It feels unbelievable to be back at Salford after all these years – and I have to pinch myself sometimes. Paul and Kurt have assembled an outstanding squad and I love the brand of Rugby League the team is playing.

“I feel humbled and privileged to be brought into the squad and can’t wait to get in with all the players and start the hard work it takes to be a Super League player again. Personally, I’m only a couple of games from 100 appearances at the club, so I’m looking forward to that and completing some unfinished business.”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley also added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Adam to the team. He’s an experienced player and a fantastic professional to further enhance the standards being set by the boys.

“The coaches and I felt that Adam’s leadership, skillset and character make him a great fit within our group.”

Ian Blease said: “It’s great to announce Adam Sidlow has returned to the Salford Red Devils.

“When I first met Adam, it became apparent  that he had clear passion for our club and couldn’t wait to sign and come back – it showed to me he is the right fit for our club again.

“Adam talked about showing the fans how he has developed his game and matured over the year and wants to prove he is a first-rate front rower.

“Adam wanted to be part of our set-up going forward and was excited on how far we have come as a club over the last six years or so. He is now an experienced player who will add presence and size to our pack and will look to lead from the front.”

Sidlow is available for sponsorship in 2023 and you can contact hannah.edge@salfordreddevils.net for more information!

DEON CROSS JOINS RED DEVILS

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Deon Cross on a one-year deal, with the option for a further year.

The winger arrives from Betfred Championship side, Widnes Vikings, where he won Try of the Year and Fans’ Player of the Year awards in 2021.

Cross started out at Rochdale Hornets in 2018, before moving to Barrow Raiders in 2019 for one season. The 25-year-old signed for Widnes ahead of the 2020 season, stating his dream was to play in Super League one day.

Speaking on signing for Salford, Cross said: “I’m really excited about the move, Super League has been the target since i started playing rugby.

“Salford is a fantastic club who have reached new heights more than once over the last few seasons, and I hope I can help this club achieve again.”

Director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “It’s no wonder why Deon was voted the fans’ Player of the Year this season at Widnes. He’s a very talented winger who is still only young, so has plenty of time to develop his game even further.

“Being around the likes of Ken Sio, Joe Burgess and Rhys Williams, who are all established Super League players, can only help Deon mature and improve.”

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Red Devils recruitment is sponsored by Morson Group.

Joint statement: RFL, Super League and clubs discuss future direction

Discussions on the future direction of the game have today been held between the RFL and Super League Europe, and clubs from the Betfred Super League, Championship and League 1. 

Subjects covered included progress towards the realignment of Super League Europe and the RFL, central funding distribution to clubs, and potential competition structures and new competitions to help grow the game commercially.

RFL Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, says: “We are all – Super League Europe, clubs and the RFL – focused on the future. All of us involved in these discussions today want the very best for their clubs, players, fans and the whole game.

“The collective approach has been positive and constructive, and there will be further consultation with clubs in the coming days.”

SLE Interim Chairman, Ken Davy, adds: “The emphasis of today’s meeting was to provide a platform for discussion on several key areas of the sport, which can be the catalyst to drive the game forward in the coming years.

“The whole game approach to these discussions is testament to the importance placed on ensuring we deliver a compelling, long-lasting structure for the whole sport.

“The next two years are absolutely vital for the sport. We need to continue to make Rugby League an attractive sport to supporters, broadcasters, viewers and commercial partners.

“Ultimately, this sport is about the players on the pitch, and the excitement and drama they create.“

Super League and the RFL will make a further announcement as consultations with clubs progress.

Rugby league unites in support of social media boycott

The Rugby Football League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby League Players’ Association today add further sporting support to the boycott of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend.

The sport’s governing body and its leading clubs and players will withdraw from key platforms from 3pm on Friday until 11:59pm on Monday, to show solidarity with other sports, and amplify the message that nobody should have to suffer abuse, racism or harassment on social media.

Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE, the Chair of the RFL Inclusion and Advisory Board: “Rugby League is committed to fighting racism and discrimination through its Tackle It action plan and supporting the many people involved in making change happen.

As Non-Executive Director of the RFL and Chair of the RFL’s Inclusion Board, I am proud to see rugby league joining the sporting world in sending out a very clear message that online hate and abuse will not be tolerated.

“I encourage all of the rugby league community to join us for this weekend’s social media boycott, and to support our continuing efforts to fight this evil.”

Louise Foster-Wilson, GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer – on behalf of Rugby League Players’ Association: “Social media can play a huge part in spreading awareness of this game we love but players and officials must feel able to use these social media platforms without facing abuse and discrimination.

“GMB supports all those in Rugby League and the wider sporting world in general who are joining the social media boycott this weekend. Lets work together to end discrimination once and for all #TackleIt.”

Ken Davy, Executive Chairman of Super League, added: “Super League and its clubs take a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of racism and are united in our cause to end discrimination in Rugby League.

“Social media can be a place for rugby league fans to enjoy the best the sport has to offer, but too often players, coaches, match officials and fans face online abuse. We are proud to join with the sporting world this weekend to send a message that more needs to be done to eradicate this.”

RLWC2021 CEO, Jon Dutton, commented: “Rugby League World Cup 2021 stands together with the rugby league community and other sporting governing bodies to underline the message there is no place for abuse, discrimination, hate or racism in sport.”

Salford Red Devils do not tolerate racism, abuse or harassment online, or in any form, and we hope our fans will support this weekend’s campaign.

Live updates of our game against Castleford Tigers tomorrow evening will be available here on the Betfred Super League website.

ASPEY TO BE LOANED OUT TO NEWCASTLE THUNDER

Young Salford Red Devils hooker Connor Aspey will be loaned out to Betfred Championship new boys Newcastle Thunder on a short-term deal.

The loan is initially to last for two weeks, with the possibility to extend if both clubs agree, and will offer Aspey the chance to develop his game in a different setup.

A product of the academy, the hooker made his Betfred Super League debut in 2020 against Hull KR.

Following on from his debut, Aspey was recently rewarded a one-year contract at Salford after impressing head coach Richard Marshall during a two-month trial funded by the Supporters’ Trust.

Speaking on his loan to Newcastle, the 18-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to having the chance to get some game time and show what I can do.

“It will be a great opportunity to learn and improve as a player.”

Director of Rugby and Operations Ian blease said: “At Salford, we want to ensure that our young players have the opportunity to adapt and develop their game as much as they can and loaning Connor out to Newcastle will give him that chance to see how other players and other coaches do things.

“Speaking with Newcastle’s director of rugby, Denis Betts, this week, we both agree that Connor’s career progression will be assisted by playing for the Thunder and myself and Richard Marshall will be watching closely.”

“There will be a real buzz around the place up at Newcastle as they’re newly promoted, so that buzz is something Aspey can thrive off.”

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