Salford hand new three-year deal to Paul Rowley

James Gordon
Paul Rowley Salford Red Devils SWpix

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Salford head coach Paul Rowley and assistant Kurt Haggerty have signed new three-year contracts with the club.

Rowley, 47, was nominated for Super League Coach of the Year in his first season in charge, where they were lost to St Helens in the play-off semi-finals.

The former Leigh and Toronto coach had never taken charge in Super League prior to 2022.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m very grateful for the the belief and trust placed in me to lead the team going forward and I am privileged to be a part of a fantastic group who will continue to work hard and give 100% commitment to the cause.”

Salford gained plaudits for their attacking brand of rugby, which saw them defy the pre-season predictions and reach the play-offs.

Such was the contributions of their squad, that a record 10 got called up for the World Cup – including Andy Ackers, Marc Sneyd and Kallum Watkins for England.

Tim Lafai, Brodie Croft and Ken Sio were picked in the Super League Dream Team.

Red Devils director of rugby, Ian Blease, added: “I am really pleased to get both Paul and Kurt to commit long-term at the Red Devils. After a good back half of last season, playing a magnificent brand of rugby, it’s pleasing that we are now able to build long term with these guys in charge.

“The amount of knowledgeable people coming up to me saying how impressed they were with the on-pitch displays is testament to all their hard work and effort, along with the back-room staff and the whole of the playing group.

“I am really looking forward to seeing what they can both conjure up on the pitch for the 2023 season and beyond.”

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