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.
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|