People have fallen in love with Salford again, says Ian Watson

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Salford coach Ian Watson says what they have achieved in 2019 is bigger than just getting to the Super League Grand Final.

The Red Devils lost 23-6 against St Helens in the Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

Salford finished third in the regular season, despite many tipping them to finish bottom alongside London.

Speaking after the game, Watson said: “I think it is amazing what we’ve achieved. It’s probably bigger than just getting to a Grand Final – the players have got people to fall in love with their rugby team again in Salford.

“Hopefully reaching the final can help build the club. We want to build a foundation like what St Helens have got and bring young kids through, take them to a Grand Final and progress.

“I hope we can keep some of the supporters that have got behind us in the back end of this year and then we can build a proper team.

“We need to keep the supporters. We are a club that has to rely on our supporters and local businesses to fund us going forward.”

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