Salford boss aware of what a threat the new boys process

Salford Red Devils will play their first competitive game at the AJ Bell stadium since last season’s 22-0 play off win over Castleford when they welcome Super League’s newest team Toronto Wolfpack.

Last years Grand finalists were well beaten 48-8 last week when they opened their season at the home of the Champions St Helens and will be looking to make a better account of themselves this time out.

Salford head coach Ian Watson (pictured) has made two changes to his matchday squad with the inclusion of Ryan Lannon and former Featherstone hooker Connor Jones who replace former St Helens duo Mark Flanagan and Adam Walker.

With only a game under their belt the Wolf pack are struggling as their small 23 man squad is hit with injuries and unavailability which means they have only been able to name a 20 match day squad which does include former Salford fans favourite Gareth O’Brien.

Due to this the Wolfpack are in talks with the RFL regarding some leeway in their Salary cap allowance, something which other super league coach’s including Watson have had their say about this week.

“People have said the rules were set out before they came in. They need to stick by them and I do agree with that.

“I'm all for giving young kids a chance but you can't change the rules once the season is a week old. It looks like they're asking for hell of a lot at this moment in time.
“Sonny Bill Williams is finding his feet, getting back involved in the game after being out of it for a long period of time, so he's not someone we've heavily focused on. There's more threats than just Sonny Bill.

“But we've focused more about ourselves after the game against St Helens. We were known last year as a tough team to beat and we want to have that same reputation. It's important we fix things up.
“As a team, Toronto are just finding their feet. From what I heard they didn't start training as a group until late so obviously they're still trying to figure out each other and trying to build combinations.”

Salford (from): Evalds, Welham, Sarginson, Inu, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Lannon, Pauli, McCarthy, Ikahihifo, Burke, Yates, Atkin, Johnson, Greenwood, Williams, Sio, Jones.
Toronto (from): O'Brien, Russell, Leutele, Kay, Mellor, McCrone, Sidlow, Ackers, Mullally, Dixon, Thompson, Wilkin, Springer, Olbison, Wallace, Singleton, Wheeler, Cunningham, Williams, Miloudi.

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