MARSHALL BELIEVES IT'S AN 'EXCITING TIME FOR SALFORD' AS HE SQUARES HIS NEW SQUAD UP AGAINST HIS FORMER ST HELENS SQUAD ON FRIDAY
New head coach Richard Marshall believes it is ‘an exciting time for Salford’ after taking over at the Red Devils for the 2021 campaign following the departure of former coach Ian Watson, who headed off to take charge of Huddersfield Giants at the end of the last season.
“There’s been a lot of change at the club – coach, staff and players,
“But with change comes freshness, new ideas and reinvigorated players… it’s exciting, an exciting time for Salford.
“We want to improve on last year. This club has had some success over recent years in getting to finals, has been consistent in getting to finals and with that comes expectation, there’s a lot of potential here.”
Under the guidance of Ian Watson, Salford's Devils progressed from being just nail-biting seconds away from relegation in the Million Pound Game, navigated considerable financial challenges and brought joy to the city by charting his side to a Super League Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final in consecutive seasons.
Marshall has some big boots to fill and he intends to do just that as on opening night he takes aim at his former club St Helens where he was number 2 to Justin Holbrook when the club sealed another title against Salford 12 months earlier.
Kick off for the match is set for Friday 26th March, 2021 – 18:00 with the Reds heading along the East Lancs to the Emerald Headingley Stadium.
Marshalls picks for the opener are: Addy, Brown, Costello, Escare, Ikahihifo, Inu, Johnson, Kear, Lannon, Livett, Lolohea, Mossop, Ormondroyd, Patton, Pauli, Sarginson, Sio, Taylor, Watkins, Wells, Williams
St Helens are the club to beat this season as they look to bring home a third consecutive Super League title.