A replica shirt signed by the Salford-born NRL winner Adrian Morley is up for auction to help raise money for the new Salford Red Devils reserve side.

Morley was plying his trade for Australian side Sydney Roosters when he was victorious in the 2002 NRL Grand Final, with a 30-8 win over New Zealand Warriors.

The entire winning side from that day, including relative of the legendary Jonah Lomu, Andrew Lomu, signed a replica shirt which will raise money for the Red Devils reserve side forming in the new year.

A 2002 NRL Grand Final replica jersey, signed by the whole Sydney Roosters side, including Adrian Morley. Credit: James Hoskison

First reserved at £70, the shirt will be made available for bids this week with the current price at £100, as seller James Hoskison has found it difficult to get those high bids.

He said: ” To be honest I would expect it to go for a lot more but its limited where I can advertise it.

“A lot of people ask for a certificate of authenticity, where as the only authenticity I have got is that Adrian Morley handed it to the person that bought it in an auction.”

James will continue fundraising throughout the year as the club will require a yearly income of £40,000 to keep afloat. It was announced today that the great efforts have raised £6,500 so far, with many more items still up for auction.

He added: “I’ve been helping to raise funds for the club for a while. So originally I had a Facebook page that I didn’t use, which I just sold a few bits and bobs on. It was September time and the supporters trust approached me to help out the new reserve side in any way I can.

“I thought I may as well reopen the page and I asked for donations from anybody who’s willing to donate anything from programmes, scarfs, shirts and autographs, and I just auction them off for anything I can get.”

Administered by the RFL, the inaugural reserve grade competition will include all ten English Betfred Super League clubs, as well as category 1 funded clubs outside of the top division.

Danny Barton & John Blackburn will together take the reigns as head of youth & reserve team head coach and team manager of the Red Devils side.

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Morley enjoyed a stellar career making over 450 senior appearances for six different clubs, spanning 20 years. He represented Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Salford Red Devils as well as Sydney Roosters in that time.

The tough forward made over 50 international appearances for Great Britain and England, scoring a total of four tries.

His career lasting two decades came to an end in 2015 in a one-off exhibition match where he returned to his debut club Leeds in a game against New Zealand.

Other items which have recently been auctioned for the fundraiser include a signed 2003 Red Devils home shirt and a replica 1992 Manchester United away top.

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