Date: September 06, 2013
Author: Matthew Rogerson, Omnisport

Salford rebrand as Red Devils, sign 12 players COPY

Super League side Salford City Reds have been renamed Salford Red Devils and added 12 new players ahead of the 2014 season.

Salford, who are owned by Kuwait-born businessman Marwan Koukash, claim to have added players with experience that adds up to more than 1,700 Super League and NRL games as well as boasting almost 120 international caps.

Among the most notable additions to Brian Noble's new-look squad are England internationals Gareth Hock and Rangi Chase.

The duo will be joined by Warrington Wolves captain Adrian Morley, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats scrum-half Tim Smith, the St Helens pair of Francis Meli and Tony Puletua, London Broncos hooker Tommy Lee as well as Batley Bulldogs pair Paul Walton and Greg Johnson.

Overseas players Jake Mullaney, Junior Sa'u and Steve Rapira will also move to the Salford City Stadium in time for the next Super League campaign. 

Noble is confident the new additions will boost his side's chances of success next season, after finishing in 13th place last term. 

"We have recruited some great experience with our international players," said the former Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls coach. 

"We have also added some exceptional young talent from home and abroad and we are adding these to some of our existing players who have performed admirably this season.

"I am really excited about the prospects for this squad and I am looking forward to a strong off-season in preparation for 2014. It is going to be one hell of a ride."

Koukash added that the moves would help the club to become one of the biggest in the Super League. 

He said: "I always said my first year as owner of the club would be about ensuring the survival of the former Salford City Reds, providing some stability on and off the field to ensure that I would have the platform to build my strategy for success for the new club going forward.

"This is now the time for the Red Devils to rise up to become one of the most successful Clubs in Super League."