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CLUB DIRECTORY 2009

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Club Contact Information 2009 Salford City Reds The Pavillion Willows Road Salford M5 5FQ

CLUB CHAIRMAN

Tel: 0161 736 6564 Fax: 0161 745 8072 Website: www.reds.co.uk

John Wilkinson Contact through PA - Joanne Andrew Tel: 0161 793 8127 Email: joanne.andrew@wilkinsonstar.com

David Tarry Club contact through Tracey Costello (see below) Mobile: 07710 075757 Email: dmtarry@reds.co.uk

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL

Shaun McRae Mobile: 07815 058862 Email: steve.simms@reds.co.uk

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HEAD OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Alan Hunte Mobile: Email:

07793 845078 alan.hunte@reds.co.uk

Paul McNally 0161 736 6564 07794 225998 paul.mcnally@reds.co.uk

MEDIA & PR MANAGER

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Kate Parkinson 0161 736 6564 07786 573903 kate.parkinson@reds.co.uk

OPERATIONS MANAGER

CLUB SECRETARY

Tracey Costello Tel: 0161 736 6564 Email: tracy.costello@reds.co.uk

Adam Jude 0161 736 6564 07734 076557 adam.jude@reds.co.uk

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA MANAGER

HEAD COACH

Shaun McRae Mobile: 07973 715754 Email: shaun.mcrae@reds.co.uk

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Steve McNally 0161 736 6564 07850 641642 steve.mcnally@reds.co.uk

COMMERCIAL MANAGER

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Andrew Bentham 0161 736 6564 07789 586128 andrew.bentham@reds.co.uk


REDS FOUNDATION

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The creation of the Foundation is the latest stage in the evolution of the club’s activities within the local community. The new Foundation will allow the club to consolidate its existing community programmes and expand into new areas. The Foundation’s core objectives are to provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to participate in activities relating to sport, education and health. The areas the Foundation will operate in cover the city of Salford, Manchester, Greater Manchester and surrounding areas. The Foundation is now in place to take the community work of the Salford City Reds to the next level. The Foundation has begun deliverey of innovative new projects such as the Community Investment Fund supported REDS project and the National Sports Foundation backed Streetlights scheme. For further information on the club’s activities within the local community and beyond please contact our Foundation: John Blackburn Operations Manager 0161 737 0610 john.blackburn@reds.co.uk Mark Brocklehurst Community & Business Development Manager 0161 7370610 mark.brocklehurst@reds.co.uk Phil Fitton (Service Area Coordiantor) Seb Rowe (Manchester RL Development Officer) Ben Cramant (Development Officer) Tom Haworth (Development Officer) Lewis Lockett (Club Development Coach Neil Blackburn (Development Officer) Tom Wild (Development Officer) Chris Bamber (Salford University Sports Science & Liaison Officer)

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS RUGBY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT SCHEME (REDS)

Community Investment Fund backed project, which forms the basis of the Reds Foundation’s coach education and volunteer support programme. The scheme is in place to increase the number and quality of coaches operating in the Salford, Manchester, Trafford, Bolton, Bury & Tameside. These coaches must then deliver sessions in local schools, amateur clubs etc in order to complete their qualification.

STREETLIGHTS

This National Sports Foundation and Children In Need backed project is designed to engage local young people away from traditional school based activities. The Foundation delivers rugby based activities of an evening and weekend across Salford and surrounding areas, with a specific aim of reducing anti social behaviour and working with local community groups

SAFER STRONGER COMMUNITY PROJECT

This Salford Council backed project sees the Foundation’s Development Officers work in specific disadvantaged areas of Salford. Community projects are delivered, working closely with local groups, to combat crime, increase local volunteering and increase social inclusion.


REDS FOUNDATION

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS REDS VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME The Reds Volunteer Programme is in place to provide exit pathways for all those who participate on our community projects. All new coaches & administrators are signposted to new & developing amateur clubs where they can use their newly acquired skills to promote the sport of rugby league.

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PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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KARL FITZPATRICK Karl made his debut for Salford in 2003,

following spells at Widnes, Tonneins (France) and Swinton, Originally a scrum half he made a highly successful switch to full back and has since forged a fantastic career as the Reds’ last line of defence. Having missed a major part of the 2007 campaign due to a snapped Achilles tendon he bounced back in style last season and was a key player in the treble winning team. In 2004, he represented Ireland in the European Nation’s Cup and has been a regular for them since, including the recent “Flying fullback Fitzpatrick 2008 World Cup, in which he excelled once is famed for being one of again, with the Irish winning fans the world the most fearless players in over with their plucky displays. Rugby League”

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT: 1.73 Metres WEIGHT: 81.5 Kilos D.O.B : 13 September 1980 JOINED: 2003 PREVIOUS CLUB: Swinton

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FULLBACK


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JOHN WILSHERE Signed from Leigh prior to the 2006 season,

the Papua New Guinea test player has proved to be a reliable player in any of the back positions and has been the clubs top goals and points scorer for the last two seasons. A vastly experienced player John had spells with Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane Easts, Penrith, St GeorgeIllawarra, Warrington and Leigh prior to joining the Reds, but it is at The Willows that John has found his spiritual home, enjoying the best form of his life for both club and country. Representing Papua New Guinea in the 2000 World Cup John recently captained the team in the 2008 World Cup down under, playing in all three matches against England, New Zealand and Australia, and his calm influence will be vitally important if the Reds are to be successful in Super League this year.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT: 1.80 Metres WEIGHT: 95.4 Kilos D.O.B : 5 May 1978 JOINED: 2006 PREVIOUS CLUB: Leigh

“Ice cold under pressure, John is entirely unflappable and has become one of the Reds key figures�

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UTILITY BACK


PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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MARK HENRY Signed on a two year deal from North

Queensland Cowboys, Mark was a top performer in the NRL and should prove to be a tremendous acquisition for the Reds, with the ability to play at centre, wing and fullback. Making his debut for the North Queensland Cowboys in 2006 Mark was one of the most consistent performers according to their manager of football, Dean Lance, and Reds coach Shaun McRae moved quickly on news of his potential availability to secure his signature. Salford’s wiley head coach knows only too well how injuries can cripple a team’s season, and Henry’s ability to cover a number of positions to a very high standard will be a very nice card to be able to play if the big hits start to take a toll on the Reds back line.

“Mark has the potential to be the surprise buy of the season - definitely a name to watch out for”

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.78 Metres WEIGHT : 91 Kilos D.O.B : 19 April 1981 JOINED : 2009 PREVIOUS CLUB : N Q Cowboys

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UTILITY BACK


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WILLIE TALAU Signed on a two year deal from St Helens in

October 2008, Willie is Western Samoan by birth, recently playing for his country in the 2008 world Cup. A New Zealand International, he initially played in the 1999 Tri-Nations competition and then featured in the 2000 World Cup. Arriving on British shores in 2003, Willie signed for St Helens from Canterbury BullDogs, where he was in four Challenge Cup winning sides and also a Grand Final winner in 2006. A real powerhouse out wide, Willie puts the fear into opposing defenders with his blockbusting “Talau has been brought in runs, and there can be very few more not just for his awesome fearsome sights in sport than this guy runpower, but for his winning ning full pelt in your direction!

mentality�

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.80 Metres WEIGHT : 93 Kilos D.O.B : 25 January 1976 JOINED : 2009 PREVIOUS CLUB : St Helens

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CENTRE


PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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PAUL WHITE Signed from Wakefield Trinity in November 2007,

Paul made an immediate impact at the Willows finishing the season as top try scorer for the Reds, notching 30 tries in 32 appearances in National League One last season. Beginning his career at Huddersfield Giants in 2002, Paul moved to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the start of the 2006 campaign, spending a short time on loan to at Halifax in 2007. The Reds are confident that White’s blistering pace will prove a devastating weapon out wide, and with a number of top quality centres at the club for 2009 then he will not be short of “Fleet footed winger ammunition and will no doubt be disappointed White’s pace should prove not to feature on the competition’s Top to be a real bonus for the Try scorers chart come the end of the Reds in 2009” Super League season.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.78 Metres WEIGHT : 81.1 Kilos D.O.B : 12 December 1982 JOINED : 2008 PREVIOUS CLUB : Wakefield

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WINGER


PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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JEREMY SMITH Jeremy joins the Reds on a two year deal from

South Sydney Rabbitohs, and was well known to Reds head coach Shaun McRae from his time with the club in the NRL. Originally playing at junior level with Berala Bears, he went on to play in the NRL for Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels prior to signing for South Sydney in 2007. A member of the New Zealand touring side in 2007 Jeremy was scrum half in the 3rd test V GB at the JJB stadium in Wigan, later playing against France in Paris. Known to be a fantastic organiser and quick thinker with the ball in hand, Smith and Richard Myler should form the most exciting half back partnership seen at The Willows for a long time - if they click then this duo could be spectacular in attack.

“Brought in to move the Reds around the park intelligently, Jeremy has exceeded expectation so far”

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.75 Metres WEIGHT : 88 Kilos D.O.B : 18 July 1981 JOINED : 2009 PREVIOUS CLUB : South Sydney

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HALFBACK


PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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RICHARD MYLER Richard joined Salford from Widnes on a three year

deal prior to the 2008 season. A former England and Lancashire U17 player, he was in the Reds first team from day one of the 2008 season and proved to be a revelation, winning several Man of the Match awards and regularly picking up National League One awards. Missing only one match last season Richard notched an impressive tally of 25 tries and was voted National League One young player of the year. Selected as scrum half for England in their 74-0 win against Wales at Doncaster, he went on to score twice. Richard is one of the brightest youngsters in the world right now, and is being tipped as a future great. Very much in the Andy Gregory mould, it will be a surprise should he not continue to progress to become an established international.

FACTS & FIGURES

“Despite his tender years don’t be surprised to see Myler take to Super League like a true veteran”

HEIGHT : 1.78 Metres WEIGHT : 79.5 Kilos D.O.B : 21 May 1990 JOINED : 2008 PREVIOUS CLUB : Widnes Vikings

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SCRUM HALF


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RAY CASHMERE A big pre-season signing for the Reds, Ray joined

Salford on a three year deal from North Queensland Cowboys. Having previously played with the Wests Magpies and Wests Tigers he was an accomplished performer in the NRL, and was viewed as a big loss by the Wests fans when Salford tempted him over to England. In 2008 he played for the City side in the Country Origin against City Origin fixture at Wollongong, a match that ended 22-22. Rated as one of the best props in the NRL, Ray looks sure to make his presence felt in Super league XIV, and seeing as he is an absolute giant that presence will be hard to handle, even for Super League defences.

“There’s nothing gentle Perhaps the cornerstone of a formidable Reds pack, about this giant on the field Cashmere is hoping to shake up a few opponents as – Cashmere aims to bring well as a few misplaced preconceptions that Salford the pain to Super League” are in Super League simply to make up the numbers.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.95 Metres WEIGHT : 113 Kilos D.O.B : 12 January 1980 JOINED : 2009 PREVIOUS CLUB : N Q Cowboys

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MALCOLM ALKER Having made over 300 appearances for the

Reds, Malcolm joined the club from Wigan St Pats in 1995. A tireless worker who always leads by example, he was the first player to complete over 1000 tackles in a Super League season and holds the club record for tries in a match (4) and also in a season (22) by a hooker, both attained in 2003. Having been awarded a well earned testimonial in 2006, Malc has represented both England and Lancashire. The definition of a Salford City Reds legend, and a shining example of loyalty in sport, Mal will always hold a special place in the hearts of fans, and will be hoping to remind Super League why he has such a great reputation.

“Can always be relied upon to lead from the front, Super League holds no fear for the veteran hooker�

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.80 Metres WEIGHT : 83.4 Kilos D.O.B : 4 November 1978 JOINED : 1995 PREVIOUS CLUB : Wigan St Pats

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HOOKER


PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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CRAIG STAPLETON Making a tremendous impact at The Willows in

2008, Craig walked away with all the clubs major awards at the end of the season including the Coaches and Players’ Player of the Year. Rated one of the most solid props in the NRL he joined Salford on a two year deal from Cronulla having previously played with Penrith. A visitor to British shores in 2005, Craig played for Leigh, where he figured in every one of the clubs 31 matches that season including 28 in Super League. Having got a taste of the European big league, Stapo is ravenous for more, and cannot wait to sink his teeth into Super League for a second time. Rough, tough and dangerous, Craig will never take a backward step with ball in hand.

“Guaranteed to make an impact whenever he is on the field, Stapo is a frightening prospect to tackle”

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.88 Metres WEIGHT : 103 Kilos D.O.B : 31 August 1978 JOINED : 2008 PREVIOUS CLUB : Cronulla

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IAN SIBBIT Ian signed for the Reds at the end of the 2004

season from Warrington Wolves, where he was mainly used as a centre but has played most of his games for Salford in the second row, demonstrating impressive versatility. A highly rated youngster at Warrington, Ian attracted the attention of Aussie NRL side Melbourne Storm and decamped down under before returning to Warrington a much more mature player. Having been struck with injuries whilst at The Willows, Ian came back strongly towards the end of last season to score in four of the last half dozen games, and everyone hopes he can stay fit, as when on the field he is an exceptional talent. In 2003, he played for the England ‘A’ side against Russia, Wales and France in the European Nations Cup, and is looking for more honours in the near future.

“Injury has robbed the Reds of too much of his career, but 2009 looks like it could be his year”

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.91 Metres WEIGHT : 103 Kilos D.O.B : 15 October 1980 JOINED : 2004 PREVIOUS CLUB : Warrington

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BACK ROW


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ROB PARKER Signed from Warrington Wolves pack during

the close season, Rob originally joined Bradford Bulls from Leigh East ARL club, making his debut for them as a substitute against St Helens in the 2000 season. Making nine loan appearances at London Broncos in 2001, Rob returned to the Bulls and played for them in their RL Challenge Cup Final victory over Leeds Rhinos at Cardiff in 2003. He has represented England in the European Nations Championship in both 2003 and 2004. Moving to Warrington in October 2005 Rob made 95 appearances for the Bulls in Super “Parker cannot wait for the League.

season to start - a fresh Rob will bring an unmatched work ethic and challenge has reinvigorated desire to hit people (fairly) to the Reds pack, his appetite for the game” and has all the attributes to become a real fans’ favourite in double quick time.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.82 Metres WEIGHT : 100 Kilos D.O.B : 6 September 1981 JOINED : 2009 PREVIOUS CLUB : Warrington

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PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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LUKE SWAIN Signed on a two year contract for the Reds from Gold Coast Titans, Luke joined the Titans in 2007, their inaugural season in the NRL. Having previously played for Penrith Panthers, Luke picked up a Grand Final winners ring as part of the 2003 premiership winning team.

With vast experience at the top level In Australia, Luke is highly respected in NRL ranks, and expects to very quickly make an equal impact on the British game. Once he finds his feet Luke is expected to be an important member of what is a very solid and powerful Reds forward pack which will be hop- “Luke is guaranteed to ing to build a good platform for an explosive work exceptionally hard for back line. The feeling is that Luke Swain could the cause – he knows no turn out to be another gem unearthed by Head other way to play” Coach Shaun McRae.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.84 Metres WEIGHT : 96 Kilos D.O.B : 24 February 1982 JOINED : 2008 PREVIOUS CLUB : Gold Coast

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JORDAN TURNER Jordan is another youngster who has come

through the clubs ranks to deservedly play for the first team playing in every one of Salford’s 33 fixtures last season and scoring an impressive total of 20 tries, including 2 hat tricks. An England School Boys representative Jordan played play for both Lancashire and England Academy making his first team debut for the Reds in the final fixture of the 2006 campaign against Harlequins RL. Since then he has improved year on year, “Jordan has all the and his willingness to listen and learn is thought to be key to his rapid progress. If he attributes and exactly the continues to get better at his current rate then right attitude to go all the it cannot be long until full international status way to the top of the game” comes his way. Such talent and versatility is still a rare commodity, and it is great to see such ability coming through the ranks at Salford.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.85 Metres WEIGHT : 95.5 Kilos D.O.B : 9 June 1989 JOINED : 2005 Oldham PREVIOUS CLUB : St Anne’s

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STUART LITTLER Now in his twelfth season with the Reds, Stuart

made his debut for the Reds against Leeds in July 1998 and has played his entire professional career at the Willows. Formerly with Leigh Miners ARL he has worked his way through the ranks to first team status and become a regular first team choice. Scoring 30 tries in the 2003 season saw Stuart equal the long standing club record for tries from the centre position set by David Watkins in the 1971-72 campaign. The Reds top try scorer in the 2004 and 2005 seasons Stuart has played in every match for the past four seasons and having represented Ireland on numerous “No matter how many occasions was the captain of the Irish side in times people write Stutheir recent 2008 World Cup exploits in art off he keeps on forcing Australia.

coaches to select him!”

2009 will also be Stuart’s Testimonial year.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.90 Metres WEIGHT : 101 Kilos D.O.B : 19 February 1979 JOINED : 1997 PREVIOUS CLUB : Leigh Miners

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PHILLIP LEULUAI Signed on a two and a half year deal from

Cronulla Sharks towards the latter end of the 2007 season, Auckland born Phil, began his career at Newtown Jets prior to joining Cronulla Sharks where he won ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in 2005. Phil represented Samoa in the 2008 World Cup Qualifiers competition and has become a favourite with the Reds fans as an impact player for Salford, using his strength to great advantage, as well as being highly popular off the field for his larger than life personality. Having tasted Super League briefly and bit- “Whether coming off the terly at the end of Salford’s relegation season bench as an impact player, in 2007 ‘Big Phil’ is now eager to suck on or starting as a workhorse, something a whole lot sweeter – a Phil never lets you down” succesful return the big time for the Reds, and a chance to go up against relatives such as Thomas at Wigan and Kylie at Leeds.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.86 Metres WEIGHT : 113 Kilos D.O.B : 16 July 1977 JOINED : 2007 PREVIOUS CLUB : Cronulla

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ROBBIE PAUL Signed from Huddersfield Giants prior to the

2008 season, Robbie has won every honour in the game whilst at Bradford Bulls, including being the first player to score three tries in an R.L. Challenge Cup Final at Wembley that earned him the Lance Todd Trophy. Having skippered the Bulls to Grand Final wins in 2001 and 2003, a World Club Challenge Victory in 2002 and the R.L. Challenge Cup in 2003, he joined Huddersfield Giants in October 2005. Robbie is also a former NZ test star who played 30 times for his country. A true legend of the game, Robbie is still just as hungry to feel the ball in his hands, and is confident that he can still make the magic happen in Super League for Salford.

“The ideal mentor for Richard Myler - there is no one playing the game today you can learn more from�

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.76 Metres WEIGHT : 82.3 Kilos D.O.B : 3 February 1976 JOINED : 2008 PREVIOUS CLUB : Huddersfield

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LEE JEWITT Lee signed from Wigan Warriors prior to the

2007 campaign, Lee has caught the eye with some impressive performances for the club in the face of strong competition for a place in the squad. Making his first team debut for Wigan in 2005, a 2006 trip to Australia, where he was highly regarded, resulted in a broken thumb and he returned to Wigan, playing for their under 21 side. Making 15 appearances in 2007 before breaking his leg, Lee returned strongly to make 21 appearances last season.

“2009 should be Lee’s breakthrough year - he has Bringing some raw aggression to the Reds pack, Lee is not afraid to stand up to anyone, shown glimpses before, no matter their size. Pace, power and now we want to see it all” courage in abundance – all the attributes of a great prop – and a great future ahead

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.84 Metres WEIGHT : 101 Kilos D.O.B : 14 February 1987 JOINED : 1997 PREVIOUS CLUB : Wigan

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STEFAN RATCHFORD A product of the Reds Academy, Stefan was

voted the U21 Coaches Player of the Year in 2007. Making his first team debut against Gateshead Thunder in a R.L. Challenge Cup 4th round tie at the Willows in 2007. Stefan went on to make six first team appearances in Super League that season. Ever present in the first team squad he finished last season with a total of 15 tries and looks to have a big future in the game. While comfortable in the centres, it is in the half backs that Stefan really excels, and although he is having to bide his time a little at the “A classy half back in the moment you will not find anyone at the Reds making. The potential of a who doesn’t believe he has the ability to make Ratchford-Myler half back the spot his own for many years.

partnership is limitless”

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.86 Metres WEIGHT : 88.2 Kilos D.O.B : 19 July 1988 JOINED : 2005 PREVIOUS CLUB : Wigan St Pats

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LUKE ADAMSON

Having progressed through the ranks at Salford, Luke made his debut as substitute for the first team in the Reds victory at Wakefield Trinity in 2006 and has continued to impress ever since. Last season he made regular appearances in the second row, playing in all of the clubs final 15 games, including the Northern Rail Cup Final victory over Doncaster and the National League One play off success over Celtic Crusaders at Warrington. Luke played for the England U18 academy side against the Australian combined HS side in 2006 and was voted U18 players’ Player of the Year at Salford for 2005.

“Luke is really starting to make people take notice of his talent now - could be Having signed a new contract this year Luke can now settle down to work on his game and the surprise package in 09” cement his place in the first team.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.83 Metres WEIGHT : 96.7 Kilos D.O.B : 17 November 1987 JOINED : 2004 PREVIOUS CLUB : Leigh East

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BACK ROW


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ANDREW THORNLEY

Signed from Wigan in the 2008 close-season and impressed on his debut in the friendly in Leigh’s historic first game at their new Sports Village home. Andrew will be looking to take his chance and put pressure on the coaches to give him a regular first team start for his new club.

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CENTRE

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.85 Metres WEIGHT : 96.6 Kilos D.O.B : 1 March 1989 JOINED : 2009 PREVIOUS CLUB : Wigan

STEPHEN NASH

Big things are expected from the young prop forward, who made his debut for Widnes during the 2005 season when only 19 years old. Salford snapped him up prior to the 2007 campaign in which he made ten appearances for the Reds and he is looking like a good prospect who should go well this term. FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.92 Metres WEIGHT : 106 Kilos D.O.B : 14 June 1986 JOINED : 2007 PREVIOUS CLUB : Widnes

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ADAM SIDLOW

Adam Sidlow has made a big impact since coming into the first team in April 2008. Adam played for Lancashire Academy and in the 2006 season was in the England Academy train-on squad. He made his debut for the Reds at prop against Bramley Buffaloes in the Northern Rail Cup on 4April 2008 and has gone on from there. He scored his first try for the club against Whitehaven and has since notched another two, including one against Doncaster in the Northern Rail Cup Final at Blackpool.

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FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.93 Metres WEIGHT : 111 Kilos D.O.B : 25 October 1987 JOINED : 2008 PREVIOUS CLUB : Widnes

DEAN McGILVRAY Nippy young winger signed from St Helens in the close season. Dean will add pace and versatility to the backs as he can also operate at full-back when required. He played for England Academy against Australian Combined HS, a team that also included current Reds’ player Luke Adamson.Relishing the oportunity to make his mark after being stuck in the pecking order behind Ade Gardner and Francis Meli at Knowsley Road.

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.76 Metres WEIGHT : 84.2 Kilos D.O.B : 24 April 1988 JOINED : 2009 PREVIOUS CLUB : St Helens

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WINGER


PLAYER PROFILES 2009

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JASON WALTON

Powerful running centre who has represented England and Yorkshire at Academy level. Made his debut for the Reds when coming on as substitute and scoring a try in the RL Challenge Cup victory over Warrington Wizards. he went on to make three more substitute appearances last season. He has extended his contract at The Willows for a further year.

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CENTRE

FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.79 Metres WEIGHT : 104 Kilos D.O.B : 13 June 1990 JOINED : 2006 PREVIOUS CLUB : Hunslet Parkside

MARLON ALKER

Signed from the Academy side in November 2008. The younger brother of First Team legend Malcolm.

marlon played for the First Team as Substitute in the pre-season friendly at Swinton in 2007. Has Represented Lancashire Academy at U17 level FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.76 Metres WEIGHT : 90.5 Kilos D.O.B : 4 March 1990 JOINED : 2005 PREVIOUS CLUB : Wigan St Pats

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HOOKER


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LEWIS PALFREY

Signed from the Academy side in November 2008. He played as a subsititute for the first team in the pre-season friendly at Swinton in 2007 and last season was voted Players’ Player of the Year at Junior Academy level. Has been touted in the Rugby League press as one to watch breaking through in 2009.

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STAND OFF

HEIGHT : 1.83 Metres WEIGHT : 81.3 Kilos D.O.B : 25 February 1990 JOINED : 2006 PREVIOUS CLUB : Eccles

JACK SPENCER

Local lad Jack signed for the Reds after a successful spell in the Academy side in November 2008. His father Lee is the new Head Coach of the Reds’ Reserve side for 2009. Great things are predicted for this hard-running looseforward over the next couple of seasons at The Willows. FACTS & FIGURES

HEIGHT : 1.84 Metres WEIGHT : 95.7 Kilos D.O.B : 21 December 1990 JOINED : 2008 PREVIOUS CLUB : Folly Lane

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