Paul Rowley has a new role at Salford

Paul Rowley has been appointed as Salford’s head of rugby development, talent and pathways.

The former Leigh and Toronto coach has been on the backroom staff with the Red Devils for the past two seasons, helping the club reach the Super League Grand Final and Challenge Cup final. He will now help develop the club’s infrastructure outside of the first team setup.

Rowley said: “Five in five is the goal. In five years’ time, we want to have five homegrown players within the squad of the first team.

“Producing our own players creates a more sustainable model and one which we can be proud of as people in the local area.”

Salford director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “This is the most important appointment we have made during my time at the club.

“Every improvement to our squad enhances what our supporters will enjoy on the field next season, but through this role, we are looking to impact our standing over the next decade and beyond.

“Putting in place somebody with Paul Rowley’s experience as a player and coach, opens up a number of exciting opportunities to us.

“His experience within our first team environment and detailed knowledge of the sport within the region make him an invaluable asset and the ideal candidate to meet the challenges we face.”

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