CHRIS BATES LEAVES SALFORD RED DEVILS WOMEN

Salford Red Devils Women’s Head Coach, Chris Bates has left his position following the conclusion of our 2023 Betfred Women’s Super League 2 campaign.

Bates has been in charge of the team since 2022 and has overseen a huge period of growth in just two years.

In our inaugural season, the women’s side captured the Championship League Leaders’ Shield alongside the League Cup and earned promotion to Super League.

During 2023, the team beat Castleford Tigers and Bradford Bulls twice on their way to securing a fourth place finish – meaning playoff rugby league.

Despite losing out to Leigh Leopards in the semi-final, the performance of the girls in just their second season was hugely encouraging and leaves something to build-on going forward.

Reflecting on his time at the club, Bates has said: “It has been a really hard decision to step back from my role with the women’s team at Salford.

“I am really proud of the group and the work we’ve done to get to where we are now, but it’s clear that to push and reach the heights that the group are capable of, they need more time than I can give them currently with work commitments and a young family.

“I’d like to thank Matt, Dawn, Marce, Harry and Paul for all the help and support, I’ve absolutely loved my time at the club, and I can’t wait to see how they go next season!”

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Managing Director, Paul King has added: “Chris has been a fantastic servant to Salford Red Devils and leaves our club with the absolute best wishes.

“He has achieved so much in his time here; leading the women’s team to our first piece of silverware, topping the Championship, and earning promotion to Super League.

“It gave me great pride to see our girls compete at such a high level this season and I know they will continue to do the same going forward.

“With the current restructure of women’s rugby league, this gives a new Head Coach a clean slate to implement their own ideas and earn promotion back to Super League – which is ultimately our main goal.”

With 2024 just around the corner, the club are still actively looking for a new Head Coach and updates will be shared when appropriate.

BROGAN EVANS TOPS WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE CHARTS

Salford Red Devils star, Brogan Evans has topped two of the major Betfred Women’s Super League and Challenge Cup charts in 2023.

The loose forward has been a standout performer during her two years at the club and it will come as no surprise to her teammates or coaches that she is continuing to set the bar in her position.

These statistics are calculated across the top two divisions of women’s rugby league and do not include our final fixture of the season – the playoff semi-final against Leigh Leopards.

Powering her way to the top early in the campaign, Evans finished top of carries with 217 – ahead of multiple members of York Valkyrie’s Super League-winning side.

Evans – who has enjoyed previous Super League experience with Warrington Wolves – was also the top tackler, finishing on 374 over just ten games, with her nearest competitor finishing on 371 over 11 games.

Inclusive of our Challenge Cup group stage fixtures, Evan is still top of both charts – 499 for tackles and 287 for carries.

These landmarks come just weeks after Evans also picked-up Coaches’ Player AND Players’ Player of the Year at our 2023 awards evening.

On her 2023 season, Evans has said: “I 100% believe that you are a product of your environment.

“I’ve always been the same player; the difference this year was the teammates I surrounded myself with, the coaches who supported me and the badge on my chest – a club that backed me and believed in me.

“I hope that Salford can share in this success and as much as I am.”

Congratulations to Brogan on another outstanding season.

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