Luke Yates delighted to extend Salford stay

Drew Darbyshire

Salford forward Luke Yates says he is “grateful for the opportunity” to be a part of the club moving forward after signing a two-year contract extension.

The 25-year-old has made seven appearances for the Red Devils since arriving from London Broncos in the off-season and will now remain at the AJ Bell Stadium until at least the end of 2022.

Yates said: “I really believe in Watto (Ian Watson, coach) and the club’s vision and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their success going forward.

“Once I got here, we started talking pretty early about extending my stay and the consistency this brings should help me perform at my best.

“It’s great to have Moose (Lee Mossop, captain) staying throughout that time too. He’s massive in the middle and has been dominant in the front-row for a long time.

“Now we can progress our relationship in the pack together as I establish myself as a leader.

“Watto extending his stay was crucial to my decision. He’s a great technical coach and that’s the style that seems to get the best out of me.

“We’re focused on establishing the team in the conversation of clubs competing to win things and I want to win silverware in my time here.”

Salford coach Ian Watson added: “Luke is an important signing for us.

“I’m sure everyone has already seen the work ethic and passion that Luke’s displayed this season and he’ll only get better over the next couple of seasons.

“I’m really happy that we’ve secured his services and I have the opportunity to work with Luke going forward as his energy is infectious and over the next few years I’m sure he’ll grow into a strong leader within our team.”

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