Salford Red Devils have announced that three of their academy players have been given professional contracts ahead of a return of the club’s reserve set up.
New signings Connor Aspey and Luis Roberts have been an integral part of the Salford Red Devils Foundation’s Development Academy side while Jamie Abram has made his way through the ranks as a Salford Scholarship player.
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Connor Aspey, who made his debut for the club last January against Swinton Lions, was delighted to sign a new contract with the club.
“It’s a great place to be – it is a really tight bond.
“I know quite a lot of the people around here. I just feel really comfortable here and I am really happy to see where it goes from here.”
The Red Devils enjoyed great success in their return season, where they reached the Super League Grand Final.
Aspey mentioned how this motivates the youth and how Salford get written off quite a lot.
“A lot of people write Salford off as a club, to do what they did last year they worked hard as a team.
“They didn’t have the best squad on paper, but they worked hard and they got there. It gives you a lot of motivation to where you could go in the future.”
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Aspey spoke about the preparation he has for games and how he gets himself ready to take to the field.
“I eat a lot of food and take on water, but then it’s about preparing mentally.
“Just getting ready thinking about what you are doing in the game.
“Thinking about different situations and trying to get in the right mindset and when you get on the field.
“It should all go well if you are in the right state of mind.”
Aspey is playing for the college’s team today against Wakefield. He said the difference between preparing for this game and his debut against Swinton was a “big difference.”
“Playing on the AJ Bell main pitch in front of quite a lot of fans is a big difference and I was very nervous when I went onto the field.”
Aspey was very happy about being offered the contract alongside Roberts and Abram.
“I think it’s good for Salford, you always see the big clubs like Wigan, Warrington and St Helens bringing through youth all the time.
“Over the last few years it’s never really happened in Salford. Signing young players again is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Above all, Aspey goal for this time next year is to have a first-team contract and be a regular feature for the Red Devils in the Superleague.
“He is hoping to impress a lot of people on his way to a first-team contract.”
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