WITH seven new signings, Ian Watson has had a much easier pre-season than Iestyn Harris had in 2015. Able to run a fully integrated team from day one, the spirit in the team is better now in the three years since Marwan Koukash took over.
From the usual training regime, to a 36-hour intensive work out from the 2nd Bn. Parachute regiment in Colchester, the squad look fit, happy and determined to put last year’s middle 8s playoff behind them.
Although they are starting the campaign away from the AJ Bell in Hull on the February 5, fans are already beginning to buy into the new season with ticket sales for the home game on the February 11 selling well.
Particularly happy is new captain Tommy Lee, who takes over from the departed Harrison Hansen in the leadership role. The Hull born player has made over 200 Super League appearances for Hull FC, Crusaders, Huddersfield and London Broncos before becoming a Salford player in 2014.
“We’re keen to make sure we don’t have to go through the middle 8s again. Not knowing if you’re playing in the top flight is not a great feeling, and we did enough to stay, but for a club like this, it’s not good enough,” Lee told Quays News in Colchester before he’d been announced captain.
Tommy was formally announced as the captain at the club’s annual “Fan Day” at the AJ Bell stadium today (December 13), where the players were given their squad numbers and presented with their shirts.
Arriving fresh from London where he’d been to see his good mate Luke Campbell fight at the O2 Arena, Lee said: “It’s a great honour for me to lead this team out. The club is going places, that’s why I signed. We’ve no egos in the locker room, everyone is working as a unit and I think we’ll shock a few people this year.
“Watto (Ian Watson, head coach) has really made us work in pre-season, and it’ll show on the field I think.”
Is this another false dawn for fans of the club? I sincerely hope not, and based on my time with them in Colchester, if there was a league place for team spirit, Salford Devils would easily be a top 4 team.
By: Andie Riley
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