One year ago yesterday Salford Red Devils fullback Niall Evalds became Salford’s all-time record Super League try-scorer in a 10-30 victory against London Broncos.
The 26-year-old came through the Red Devils academy and made his senior debut for the club in 2013, and his performances over recent seasons has saw Evalds become one of Salford’s best players.
The fullback was a key player last year as Salford reached their first ever Grand Final, and his try away to London Broncos on the 27th April 2019 was his 66th Super League try for his side and marked his name in the record books.
Evalds, Salford’s number one for more than just the digit on his shirt, made use of a Josh Jones offload in the 16th minute against London last season and grounded the ball to give his side a ten point lead.
Speaking about the moment he became the Reds’ most prolific try-scorer in Super League, Evalds said: “It was a really special moment.
“I didn’t have to do much, Jonesy (Josh Jones) did pretty much everything there. I just had to put that ball down.
“To put yourself in the history books for Salford, it’s a pretty special achievement. I’m really proud.
“A big thanks to all the players and coaching staff who have helped me along the way. Hopefully there’s many more to come”.
🗣️ He talked us through that moment and some of his other most memorable tries!
— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) April 27, 2020
And it’s safe to say more did come.
The 26-year-old finished the 2019 Super League campaign as Salford’s top try-scorer and joint-second in the league, grounding the ball an impressive 22 times.
And before this season was halted due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Evalds had found the try line five times and was the third highest scorer in the league, trailing teammate Ken Sio, and former Devil, Derrell Olpherts who both sit in second.
Evalds was rewarded for his performances with a place in Shaun Wane’s first squad as England head coach earlier this month.
This was Evalds’ first ever call up to the senior national team, ahead of the Ashes series which was scheduled for October but now may have to be pushed back due to the current situation regarding Covid-19.
— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) April 25, 2020
Before the season was put on hold, Salford’s last Super League game was a well-deserved 18-14 victory over rivals Wigan Warriors, in which Evalds helped his side come from behind with two tries of his own.
An outstanding 90-metre sprint from the pacy fullback earned him man of the match in an exciting Friday night clash at the AJ Bell.
SEE YA LATER 👋
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 13, 2020
With tries like that, Red Devils fans will be hoping Niall Evalds will be breaking records at the club for years to come.