Salford tie down top tackler Andy Ackers to new contract
Salford’s top tackler Andy Ackers has become the latest player to sign a new deal with the Red Devils, with the hooker penning a one-year contract extension.
The 28-year-old arrived at Salford midway through the 2020 campaign following the demise of Toronto Wolfpack, where he worked under current Salford head coach Paul Rowley.
Ackers’ one-year contract extension will see him remain at Salford until at least the end of the 2022 season.
Salford coach Rowley said: “Having worked with Andy before, I take a lot of personal satisfaction and pride in Andy’s continued progression.
“Every year he becomes more well-rounded, level-headed and a more complete rugby league player.
“He’s been a fantastic competitor every week at training and in games, setting his standards high and working hard to achieve.
“I’m delighted to be able to continue working alongside him and pleased his future in a Salford shirt is confirmed.”
Salford boss delighted to retain Andy Ackers
The Englishman, who hails from Golborne in Wigan, has played in every game for Salford this season. He has made the most tackles by a Red Devils player with 401; and is currently the fourth highest tackler in Super League.
Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “Getting Ackers over the line and with us for another season has been another piece of important business for the club.
“He’s approaching two years with us now. In that time it’s been great to watch him develop as a player.
“He puts a shift in every time he represents Salford and is an important part of the squad.”
Ackers spent time in the academies at Wigan and Warrington as a youngster. He made his professional debut for Swinton in 2014, where he scored 23 tries in 50 games.
Impressive performances for Swinton earned him a full-time move to London Broncos. He scored 19 tries in 48 games for the capital club where he again caught the eye in the Championship.
Ackers spent two-and-a-half seasons with Toronto between 2018-20. He scored 28 tries in 66 games to help the Canadian club achieve promotion to Super League.
Salford gave the former Golborne Parkside and Hindley junior the number nine shirt ahead of the 2021 season.
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