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Well it seems the latest team to join the asset stripping is Leeds

Rumour say a fee has been agreed between Leeds and Salford for Joel Moon.

At this stage I can't see any reason to renew my season ticket.

We won't have a team to complete any of the new fixtures.

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Well it seems the latest team to join the asset stripping is Leeds

Rumour say a fee has been agreed between Leeds and Salford for Joel Moon.

At this stage I can't see any reason to renew my season ticket.

We won't have a team to complete any of the new fixtures.

Don't know if it's true or not,apparently the rumour started from a fake twitter account.

Maybe,just maybe,Salford are in such a dire financial situation that they have to sell players.

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I understand the financial situation and these on going talks hinge on the repayment of a bank loan.

Just find it interesting to contrast it to Bradford's position when their players seemed to be off limits.

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I understand the financial situation and these on going talks hinge on the repayment of a bank loan.

Just find it interesting to contrast it to Bradford's position when their players seemed to be off limits.

The difference being Bradford went into administration.

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It's tough times for Salford fans. It does seem that the penalty for NOT going into administration if you are struggling is far greater than if you do?

We have had to sell Holdsworth / Smith / Moon (?) + release Adamson / Palliasena / Anderson + some younger lads. Also Sean Gleeson left and Patten retired ... so far we have sign Andrew Dixon (a good move) and promoted some of the under 20's - we have no experienced half backs or full back and only one really decent prop. This is a team that will do well to win 1 game. We must have the cheapest wage bill & smallest squad by a long way. But we will still go under in the end unless someone rescues us.

I am glad Bradford got sorted out as I don't want to see any team struggle - as a fan it feels absolutely sickening. You just want good news, but get nothing but doom & gloom :( - we are going throught it now and I hate it. It does grate that Bradford have kept a strong squad and will do well next year after completely imploding financially - but the circumstances were different with them and the fact it happenned mid-season probably helped them. It focussed all the powers that be on helping them survive. I just won't get bitter about it - their fans had to go through a miserable season and dug deep into their pockets, so good luck to them. Now I hope we get sorted before its too late and we can then sign a few more players and maybe win a few games ......

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Bradford took a different approach to their money worries.

Have Salford come out and asked their fans for support?

If they are making the decision to try and resolve this quietly in-house by selling players, then that is their choice.

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There does seem to have been another double standard applied here. The RFL brokered a gentleman's handshake rendering Bradford players off limits, whereas Salford have been asset stripped mercilessly.

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I thought I read yesterday that Salford were about to be bought by Peel? Their position could well change very abruptly for the better.

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There does seem to have been another double standard applied here. The RFL brokered a gentleman's handshake rendering Bradford players off limits, whereas Salford have been asset stripped mercilessly.

i see no similarity between these two cases, not sure why you do.

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I don't know if anyone on here watches The Walking Dead, but there are certainly similarities between the scenes in which the zombies tear into the prostrate flesh of the fallen and the way certain clubs have carried out their transfer business in the last few months.

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i see no similarity between these two cases, not sure why you do.

Two clubs in financial strife: one of them is awarded protected status while it regroups/restructures, the other is thrown to the wolves.

Ironically, Salford seem to have been penalised for NOT going into admin and NOT having to be bailed out by the RFL.

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Two clubs in financial strife: one of them is awarded protected status while it regroups/restructures, the other is thrown to the wolves.

Ironically, Salford seem to have been penalised for NOT going into admin and NOT having to be bailed out by the RFL.

we have no idea whether Salford are actively trying to sell their stars in an attempt to avoid administration.

Apologies if you do know that...

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we have no idea whether Salford are actively trying to sell their stars in an attempt to avoid administration.

Apologies if you do know that...

Presumably you think the more likely scenario is that the club is awash with cash.

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Unfortunately Salford have been a shambles for years. Hopefully if they get through this spell and get sold to someone with some serious business nous, they can be the club they should be. Salford should be a good, competitive club, but unfortunately they've been badly run for years.

I liken them to my club Wakey. Run by a bloke way out of his depth for years. For us, we had to go belly up and the new owners seem to be running the club in a much more organised way. The difference is that Salford have a decent ground already in place - even if the roads to get there seem to have been planned by someone who doesn't want anyone to get there.

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Presumably you think the more likely scenario is that the club is awash with cash.

not sure of your point tbh.

They are clearly not in a great place but if they have decided that they can sort this with a couple of transfers then thats their choice.

Had they gone into admin and done what the Bulls did and got treated differently then fair enough criticise away. That hasnt happened though.

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not sure of your point tbh.

They are clearly not in a great place but if they have decided that they can sort this with a couple of transfers then thats their choice.

Had they gone into admin and done what the Bulls did and got treated differently then fair enough criticise away. That hasnt happened though.

Make your mind up. Either you think they are selling to avoid administration or you don't. If it's the latter then why do you think they are selling? For fun. If it's the former then Pottsy makes a good point.

As a Salford supporter and one who buys a season ticket I'd prefer to see us test the water properly with the club going into administration.

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Make your mind up. Either you think they are selling to avoid administration or you don't. If it's the latter then why do you think they are selling? For fun. If it's the former then Pottsy makes a good point.

As a Salford supporter and one who buys a season ticket I'd prefer to see us test the water properly with the club going into administration.

i think you misunderstood my earlier post.

My point was that Bradford did not want to sell players and went down one route. Salford may have decided that they do want to sell players and they dont want to take the route the Bulls did.

Im not sure how anybody can criticise the treatment of the two clubs when they are in different situations. Maybe Salford dont want to keep these players!

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Moon took Salford to a tribunal earlier this year to try to force his release, he lost the case. Not the actions of a club wanting rid.

He was supposedly homesick, but now signs a 3 year deal at Leeds?

I'm not sure what impact Peel owing the club will have with regards playing staff. I am hoping the nepotism days will finished with, and the club is more prefessionally run.

The stubbling block seems to be 250,000 bank loan that neither side want to be responsible for.

We have no news on season tickets, sold 2 players, let anothers go and no sign of any rebuilding.

Moon going to be replaced by an aging unfit Glesson isn't a forward move for me.

I am a disillusioned Salford fan.

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Yet a few months ago they sold Matty Smith, so maybe their stance has changed, or they werent happy with how Moon wanted to leave.

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To be honest I can't blame Joel for wanting to go to Leeds. The careers of players are short and this is a chance for better money and to win some trophies. At Salford we have hit rock bottom and need to build back up. If JM did not want to be part this it is best he leaves while he can get a place at Leeds and we can get a fee. The money will be used to pay this months wages etc ...

I am very dissappointed as he was my favorite player last year - when fit. I guess his injury problems were the only drawback.

I don't think going into administration is an option for us. Being off season and a smaller club - we will be sent straight to Championship 1. Selling up to keep going is the only way we can keep going in SL - if they ever conclude these take over talks - we can build up again without having gone onto admin. If not we will sink like a stone very soon. Next year is going to be a nightmare for us even if we stay in SL as we have such a weak team right now. IF we can ride this out it night be ok in a year or so, as lets face it new people must be able to run the club better?

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Smith was leaving at the end of the season anyway, his contract was up. That was a decent bit of business.

They did sell Holdsworth but that was agreed before the tribunal, so no changes.

Moon when fit is a great player to watch, Holdsworth I'm not to bothered about as he is a frustrating player, the sort fans are always told is a confidence player. For me between him and Patten I think they were a distruptive influence.

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Wakefield are a good example of what can be achieved in a short space of time when you have people running the club with knowledge and a desire to grow (and a bit of cash). Salford fans can hopefully take some heart in that if/when this takeover occurs, they will have some people in charge of the club who will be much better equipped to help them succeed as a rugby club.

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Super League and World Champions Leeds Rhinos have today confirmed the signing of Salford City Reds centre Joel Moon, 24, for an undisclosed fee on a three year contract.

Moon, who will join the Rhinos with immediate effect, becomes the club’s second signing for the 2013 campaign joining fellow Australian Mitch Achurch.

He joined Salford last close season from New Zealand Warriors having spent three seasons in Auckland, earning a call up for the Indigenous All Stars and scoring 15 tries in 51 games. He made his NRL debut with Brisbane in 2006 as part of the `Baby Broncos’ squad having toured England the previous winter in the same Australian Institute of Sport squad as Israel Folau. He spent three seasons with the Broncos making 31 NRL appearances and scoring ten tries. He is originally from Caloundra in Queensland and has also played in the half backs and in the forwards in his career.

Commenting on the deal, Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, “We are delighted to have finalised the transfer to bring Joel Moon to Headingley Carnegie. We made no secret of the fact that we were looking to sign a centre who could complement our existing squad and add quality to our group and Joel was our preferred option. He will arrive in the UK in the next 24 hours and immediately begin pre-season training with the team and is likely to make his debut on Boxing Day against Wakefield in the Heatshot Festive Challenge.”

Head Coach Brian McDermott added, “Joel is a player who we have been monitoring for a while and it is great to bring him into the club now so we can improve our squad from a position of strength. We always said that any player we brought to the club would have to add significantly to the group and I think the fact that we have signed a player with as much experience at a young age definitely fits that criteria and he is an exciting signing not just for next season but as part of this young group moving forward.

“He has consistently scored tries in the NRL during his early career with Brisbane and New Zealand Warriors and impressed with Salford last season, earning a call up the Exiles squad. At 24, his best years are still ahead of him and it is an exciting prospect to think about him coming into our young backline and playing alongside the likes of Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Ben Jones-Bishop and Ryan Hall.”

Phil Daly

Media and PR Manager

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