Salford say they are “extremely disappointed” after star full-back Niall Evalds opted to join Castleford for 2021.
The 26-year-old, who has scored 101 tries in 146 games for the Red Devils, has signed a one-year deal with the Tigers for next season.
Salford have revealed they twice believed they had successfully concluded negotiations on talks of an extension with Evalds – only to find out that he had agreed to join Castleford.
A club statement read: “Salford Red Devils are extremely disappointed with the decision made by Niall Evalds and his representative, for the full-back to end his time at the club following the conclusion of the 2020 season.
“Following a period of negotiations during February and March, Evalds was 48 hours away from signing a new deal to stay at Salford for a further three years, which had been agreed by all parties.
“A late request was then made for Evalds and his representative to have additional time to consider his options, which the club honoured.
“In April, further discussion took place and an offer was made. Both offers significantly increased the value on his current contract at the club, in addition to incorporating a testimonial and other benefits, which recognised his prior contributions.
“Salford Red Devils were led to believe that the deal would be successfully concluded on this basis.
“It was therefore extremely disappointing, after months of negotiations, when it was revealed that the player had then signed for a competitor on Saturday morning.”
Evalds will play the rest of 2020 at Salford before linking up with new club Castleford ahead of the 2021 campaign.
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