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Salford Red Devils say they need a boost in season ticket sales to help them survive 2021.

Devils bosses have revealed they are down almost a quarter of their projected budget income for the year.

As it stands, only around 75 per cent of the total season ticket sales planned for have been bought, which needs to be much higher by the time of the potential return of fans in May.

From the top

Salford’s managing director Paul King, in an interview with The Sun newspaper, said clubs across many sports were struggling financially, and that challenge is being felt by Salford in particular at present.

He said ticket reward initiatives were an extra effort to secure closer to the expected number of season ticket sales to alleviate the financial pressure being felt.

The community club has no benefactor to bail them out which leaves them vulnerable should season tickets and sponsorship not pick up significantly.

The club hope, now fixtures have been announced, people will start to believe they will see some live-action and respond accordingly.

The managing director is really concerned not to fall too far behind given the momentum building from a fabulous couple of years with Grand Final and Wembley appearances.


Salford will miss out on income for three home games before round 7, when fans will hopefully fill the stands at the AJ Bell Stadium once again.

However, round 7 sees Salford host an early-season clash with last seasons League Leader’s Shield winner and Grand Finalists, Wigan Warriors. 

The Red Devil’s will be hoping to see a sell-out of the projected 4,000 capacity that could be available when fans come back.

Red Devil recap

Fixtures

After revealing some huge match-ups, Super League finally released the full fixture list last Friday.

Salford will begin and end the season against last year’s Grand Final winners St. Helens.

Rivals Round sees Salford up against rivals Leigh Centurions, returning to Super League after being relegated in 2017.

Magic Weekend sees Devils versus Tigers at St James’ Park in Newcastle, as Salford clash with Castleford.

Injuries

Off-season signing from Wigan, winger Joe Burgess, is set to miss the start of the season.

Twenty-six-year-old Burgess has suffered an ankle injury that could require an operation and a 12-week layoff.

Greg Burke underwent a knee operation in the off-season.

The expectation is for Burke to be fit to start the season, although he may miss the opening couple of rounds.

Salford’s first game of the season against St. Helens will be live at 6 pm on March 26th and shown live on Sky Sports.

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