SALFORD Red Devils head coach Ian Watson faces a tough start to the new season when reigning champions Wigan Warriors visit the AJ Bell stadium in February, followed by a trip to Leeds and then the visit of Warrington Wolves making up the first three games of the season.

Salford Devils head coach Ian Watson
Salford head coach Ian Watson

Wigan, as the newly crowned champions, will be looking for a good start to their campaign ahead of facing NRL champions Cronulla Sharks the following week for the World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium on February 19.

With Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash ringing the changes to the academy and backroom staff, more of which on Tuesday’s Quays TV broadcast, it is once again an uncertain season ahead for Devils fans.

Speaking exclusively to Quays after winning the Million pound game to retain their top flight status, Ian Watson was confident that he could improve the squad, and was looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“Yes, we ended up in the middle 8’s, but it was a false position. We would have been sixth without the points deduction,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to 2017 and the challenge ahead. We’ve a great group of players here, and I’m excited to work with them.”

Stand out dates are the visit of Leigh to the AJ Bell on April 14, followed by the trip to Perpignian to face Catalan on April 17 over the Easter weekend.

The Devils close out their campaign with an away trip to face Leigh for the third time, having also met them at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle in May.

Salford’s fixtures are below:

Salford Red Devils
Saturday Feb 11 Wigan Warriors AJ Bell Stadium Home 3pm
Friday, Feb 24 () Leeds Rhinos Headingley Carnegie Stadium Away 8pm
Saturday, Mar 4 () Warrington Wolves AJ Bell Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Mar 12 () Wakefield Trinity Rapid Solicitors Stadium Away 3pm
Sunday 19th March () Castleford Tigers AJ Bell Stadium Home 3pm
Friday, Mar 24 () Widnes Vikings Select Security Stadium Away 8pm
Thursday, Mar 30 (Sky) St Helens AJ Bell Stadium Home 8pm
Friday, Apr 7 () Hull FC KCOM Stadium Away 8pm
Friday, Apr 14 () Leigh Centurions AJ Bell Stadium Home TBC
Monday, Apr 17 (Sky) Catalans Dragons Stade Gilbert Brutus Away TBC
Thursday, Feb 16 (Sky) Huddersfield Giants John Smiths Stadium Away 8pm
Sunday 30th April () Widnes Vikings AJ Bell Stadium Home 3pm
Friday, May 5 Wigan Warriors DW Stadium Away 8pm
Sunday, May 21 (Sky) Leigh Centurions Sports Direct Arena Away TBC
Friday, May 26 () Catalans Dragons AJ Bell Stadium Home 8pm
Monday, May 29 () Warrington Wolves Halliwell Jones Stadium Away 3pm
Saturday, Jun 3 Wakefield Trinity AJ Bell Stadium Home TBC
Sunday Jun 11 () Hull FC AJ Bell Stadium Home 3pm
Friday, Jun 23 () St Helens Langtree Park Away 8pm
Sunday Jul 2 () Huddersfield Giants AJ Bell Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Jul 9 () Leeds Rhinos AJ Bell Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Jul 16 () Castleford Tigers The Mend-A-Hose Jungle Away 3.30pm
Sunday, Jul 23 () Leigh Centurions Leigh Sports Village Away 3pm

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