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  1. 1 hour ago, Dave T said:

    Whilst I'm not a fan of not giving credit where it is due and focusing solely on one team, Wire are a disaster at the moment and Salford were 10 points down with 9 minutes to go at possibly the worst team in the comp. That doesn't suggest they were playing well at 70 minutes. 

    Of course they did well to finish the game emphatically and do what they needed to, but I suspect the West Stand wasn't buoyant at the 70m mark. 

    We had a disastrous 10-15 minute spell where Watkins was sin-binned and our right edge defence became completely non-existent. To be fair to Warrington, the left edge of Thewlis and Wardle did look threatening at times. Bar that, we were quite clearly the better team. Obviously, we can't have these disastrous 10-15 minute spells if we want to make the play-offs but our attack is capable of rescuing us against all but the top 4 sides in the competition IMO. 

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  2. Our pack has been hammered by many all season but I think they're due their credit now.

    Ormondroyd has been outstanding all season, Gerrard has been an extremely solid addition capable of playing big minutes and Dupree looks to be a revelation. Even Akauola made 2 vital defensive efforts today.

    We're holding our own through the middle despite our best prop forward being out for the season allowing the backs to show their talent.

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  3. 2 hours ago, Mr Frisky said:

    The actual team won't be far off that mate.

    Our squad isn't as good as 2017 but we have some great talent.

    Unlike 2017 when we were packed with top top players, I would say we have 2 genuine world class players in Walmsley and Makemson ( Roby if he hadn't retired from England)

    Just behind those is Tomkins Whitehead and Bateman.

    I think the squad needs someone as versatile as Ratchford and if he gets some form back, I would love to have a maverick halfback like Gale in the squad - just to put some pressure on Williams who is hit and miss.

    Gareth Widdop at fullback, John Bateman at centre and a 33 year old Kevin Brown at scrum half with Chris Heighington off the bench... 

    I think the general standard of international competition will be much higher this year but I also think the best 17-20 players Wane could select this year create a much stronger side on paper  

  4. Difficult to analyse a game like that but the gap in quality between the outside backs (Lewis Murphy excepted) was stark. 

    Further, for the supposed 'worst pack in Super League', we completely dominated the middle. Ormondroyd is a vastly underrated player, Gerrard played 60 mins straight and Dupree looks like he is going to be a very good middle. This was all without our best prop forward as well.

    The way we play means we will get pumped a few times but are capable of handing out a hiding to plenty of sides. Especially when Brodie Croft plays like that.

  5. 16 hours ago, OMEGA said:

    I don’t get the Smithies selection, he’s just not shown the levels required and I’d question his temperament for matches against Australia, NZ & Tonga

    Smithies has been brilliant this season. The focus has obviously been on the high tackles in the Grand Final but that has unfairly overshadowed what was a standout performance.

    80 minutes

    61 tackles (game high)

    102 metres

    1 try assist

    His issue is undoubtedly his discipline but people seem to ignore his talent because he's a) been around for so long (still only 21) and b) is a grub.

    Westerman is a very good Super League 13 but he'd get bowled over physically and athletically at that level.

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    Fullback: its just going to be Tomkins lets face it

    Centres is a shootout between Farnworth, Percival, Welsby and Watkins as an outside shout. Welsby has to make the 17 and can play anywhere. Watkins is a proven test-class centre and has been outstanding since his return (albeit at second row). Wardle & Newman just haven't been fit enough to earn the spot

    Wingers: Makinson a certainty then between Davies, Young and Handley. Johnstone just can't put a run together.

    Halves: Has to be Hastings & Lomax for me. Williams & Widdop just aren't performing, huge shame Dodd isnt available.

    Props: Walmsley, Tom Burgess certainties. Thompson highly likely despite form. Then a shootout between Oledzki, Lees, Sutton. I'm a big fan of Havard & Byrne but it'll be too soon for them.

    Hooker: Leeming for me. Clark & McShane not been good enough this season.

    Second row: Whitehead a certainty. Whilst not at his NRL best, Bateman has been much improved this season and starts on class & raw ability. Farrell & McMeeken deserve to be in the mix. Injury probably killed KPP's chance.

    Loose: Knowles certainty. Smithies or Radley as the backup.

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  7. I can't speak for all Salford fans but, for me, whether Gerrard 'buys' SRD pales in significance to whether he buys the AJ Bell. 

    Give me long-term security, a 'home' rather than a letting and the opportunity to retain non-ticket revenues over increased player investment any day of the week.

    The exact structure (assigning us the freehold, placing it in a trust, peppercorn rent or other) is neither here nor there. Certainty and revenue-generating ability is what we (and all Super League clubs) need right now.

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  8. 2 minutes ago, Saint Toppy said:

    It is a bit of a crappy location for now. The new link Rd has helped as it directly links the M6 / M60 and Parkway meaning its easy to drive to, but public transport wise its still very poor. Peel holdings want the Metrolink extending beyond the Trafford Centre but realistically this wont happen until Peel fully develop the rest of the land along the ship canal. So it could be another 10-15 years before the Metrolink directly serves the stadium.

    As for the walk - no way can you walk from the stadium to the Trafford Centre Metrolink stop & bus stops in 15mins, not unless you want to walk across all the derelict land directly to the lift bridge (not something i'd want to do at night)

    This is exactly right and why owning the ground is the single-most important thing for the club long-term. No level of short-term player investment could match it.

    Once the area surrounding the ground fulfils its potential the club could finally have a new community and new audience to grow from rather than relying solely on the traditional RL areas of Salford which aren't well connected to the AJ Bell. Given the wider growth of  the Manchester & Salford economies that is a very promising thing.

    However, that is presently nothing more than a medium/long-term vision that hinges upon the recent news coming to fruition.

    The current directors are the best thing to have happened to this club in a very long time. I hope for their sake as much as anyone else's that they can deliver this and remain in post to reap the rewards of what they've achieved in the post-Koukash years.

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  9. 59 minutes ago, To Be Confirmed said:

    How exacty is it a crappy location? its pretty much straight off the motorway, is a 15min walk from one of the largest shopping centres in the north of England 

    Crappy might be an exaggeration but there has always been the feeling that the ground was built without the transport infrastructure and community around it. 

    I'll remain cautious until anything material changes but owning the AJ Bell as a community stadium, retaining all matchday/sponsorship/F&B revenues and personalising the ground to make it a home rather than a tenancy is by far the best option.

    Personally, I feel this statement is more about putting public pressure on Salford Council. Dismissing an opportunity to sell to a Salford businessman with plans to home 2 Salford clubs (SRD & Swinton) within a community stadium in favour of the Cheshire jetset would be an optics disaster so I'm glad the club are pulling the necessary levers to try and make this happen.

    If the surrounding brownfield land can actually be developed and begin to feel more like a community of Salford than an out-of-town retail park then there will be real cause for excitement.

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  10. Was largely impressed by Young, especially in yardage. Fix up on the high balls and improve his defensive reads/support play and he really could be anything.

    I do think he's in contention for the world cup but the improvements needed above currently leave him behind Tom Davies for me.

  11. 2 minutes ago, DG70 said:

    Salford have to go into the market for a replacement for King, threadbare in the forwards.

    I would agree.

    Ormondroyd has been excellent in fairness and I do rate Luckley & Wells plus Dupree coming in is a boost. However, Akauola just isn't good enough and Burke has been poor this season. Add in Gerrard who has been solid but nothing more and we'll need a lot of luck to get through the season with that group of middles.

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  12. 47 minutes ago, Just Browny said:

    Croft, Lafai, Sneyd, Ackers, Burgess all outstanding there. Watkins looked sharpest I've seen for years too.

    Tonight was actually the quietest he's been since his return but he has been instrumental in our change of fortunes recently.

    Thought we were a mixed bag tonight however, when the attack click (which it is doing increasingly), we're a great side to watch.

    If it wasn't for the news about King Vuniyayawa I think we'd have a real chance at the play-offs.

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  13. Just now, Jill Halfpenny fan said:

    Did Dupree play, if so how did he go?

    Had 2 stints, approx 30 mins in total. Held his own and nearly scored a try (double movement).

    Impressive performance considering he was down to play in the reserves yesterday and got thrown in last minute after only a few days full-time training. Look forward to seeing what he can deliver towards the back-end of the season. 

  14. Strong performance from Salford despite only having 1 Prop on the bench (making his first Super League appearance no less).

    I'd be seriously concerned as a Leeds fan. Our defence has tightened up last 3 games but we looked extremely comfortable throughout and should have scored more.

    Croft on drying pitches is a joy to watch and Watkins is putting himself back into England contention (did not think I would be typing this last season).

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  15. It's frustrating when people cannot separate the Koukash era (and its legacy) from the post-Koukash era. I appreciate it might not be obvious from the outside, but this caricature of Salford being content to take the TV money and focusing on self-preservation does not align with reality.

    The club is working incredibly hard to regain the academy status that Koukash torpedoed and is thinking innovatively by investing much of its resources in Welsh rugby league through the partnership with WRL, Coleg y Cymoedd & UCLAN. This is already paying dividends with- just last Friday- 4 young welshmen being signed to the reserves. The club has the first Super League partnership in Africa with Ghana RL and has already had coaches over from Ghana in order to aid their development and improve the RL infrastructure in the country. There is a long-term aim to give a pathway for young Ghanaians into professional rugby league. I'd argue few Super League clubs are more engaged in the expansion of the game than SRD right now.

    The club's womens' team was only established this year yet has already beaten Super League opposition; PDRL sessions have also been launched. The Building The Future game against Leeds last Friday saw schoolkids and grassroots from Stockport to Bolton in attendance. The club has completely rebranded since the Koukash era.  This isn't a club just relying on old men from Weaste and Eccles.

    51 minutes ago, Jughead said:

    Whoever has been behind their recruitment and retention has been superb the last few years. 

    Ian Blease-  just one of a number of shrewd operators at the club who have enabled SRD to punch above its weight and begin to build long-term again after Koukash decimated the club's infrastructure for short-term gain. The value of SRD's sponsorship deal with Selco BW means that, even if SRD were relegated and penalty clauses applied, the club would earn more in the Championship than several SL clubs earn from their main shirt sponsor. The commercial department is growing in size, not standing still or shrinking. 

    This is why the fanbase are largely positive about Moor Lane. The opportunity to control our own destiny and retain sponsorship, f&b and other matchday-associated revenues is a huge positive and what all Super League clubs should be aspiring to.

    SRD have inherent disadvantages due to poor attendances and the damage Koukash inflicted on the club. The fact that we've been so competitive over the last 5 years highlights the incompetence & complacency of bigger, better resourced and more illustrious competitors.  It is not something SRD should apologise for.  

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  16. 20 hours ago, dboy said:

    I get the sentiment of each club needing to strive for ever better standards for themselves and the wider game, and that supporters would endorse that...but you've lost me with the notion that it somehow absolves Salford from running their business in an ethical and fair manner.

    We should ignore Salford spending their rent money on players "for the good of the game"??

    Tell Fev fans that!

    *NOTE - Sisyphus was punished for wrongdoing - what is Salford's punishment for wronging their debts?

    What does this even mean?

    Our 'rent money' is whatever money is mutually agreed between the parties. 

    The original rent agreement was agreed between previous parties and based on incompetent (I'd say negligent) projections. Rent agreements, like any other contract, can be re-negotiated. This applies to SRD as much as any other company in this country. 


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  17. Plenty of selection headaches already for  the World Cup already for me:

    1. Williams or Dodd at 7? No doubt the latter is in the better form but the former's experience and proven quality may just pip it for him

    2. Centres? Absolute minefield- any of Percival, Newman, Gildart, Farnworth, KPP & Welsby are realistic contenders for me 

    3. Who is your utility 14? Clark to speed up the game from dummy half or Welsby for his sheer versatility & ability must be the front-runners

    4. Who are the bolters? Young, KPP, Pryce & Farnworth the obvious ones but I'm sure there are more

  18. 17 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

    Awesome second half which is what I saw.  8 French lads involved in that and what a performance by them. Foundations of long term success. 

    the idea there isn’t french talent who can compete at the top of Super League is surely dispelled after these last 2 performances. 

    Jullien, Da Costa, Seguier, Dezaria, Goudemand should be playing Super League every week. 

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  19. 8 hours ago, Wellsy4HullFC said:

    In 25 years time, they'll bump up the rent to match the expansion.

    Without wishing to go into detail, it is a standard part of a commercial property contract for improvements/alterations to a premises to be disregarded in any rent review.

    Besides, the landlord will be Salford City Council, just as it is now for Salford City FC. It would not be a comparable  landlord/tenant relationship to Hull, Wigan or Salford @ AJ Bell.

    15 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    They would not effectively own the ground


    15 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    just as someone renting a house doesn’t pay to build an extension.

    We would 'effectively' own the ground, it wouldn't be like someone renting a house. 

    Commercial property is not residential property. Given your Super League score predictions have proven more accurate than your understanding of commercial property law I'd suggest not taking this further. 

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  20. On 23/02/2022 at 10:53, theswanmcr said:

    Good point on corporates - we always played Friday nights at Willows for this. Of course the AJ Bell is good for these facilities and Ray C may have more idea on hospitality revenues

    AFAIK Salford receive nothing from food and beverage/hospitality on top of the price of the match ticket as it is the stadium management company who control hospitality

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  21. On 23/02/2022 at 07:33, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    So no Salford will not own Moor Lane they will be renting. Salford are not going to take out a 15 year lease on Moor Lane and develop the ground. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded.

    Well this is what I said on the Moor Lane thread having just left the Fans' Forum led by our Managing Director Paul King:

    "Due diligence suggests v feasible/affordable. Discussions ongoing with architects/construction sector about increasing capacity to between 6.5k and 8k (can build up, not out) subject to planning permission (PP not expected to be major obstacle, more dependent on what we are quoted for the work)."

    Is he deluded? 

    On 23/02/2022 at 08:58, Tommygilf said:

    Fair enough.

    I think you are misreading his point though. He is saying that Salford are unlikely to spend significant sums to renovate the ground if they only have a 15 Year Lease.

    I have no idea where any confirmation of a 15 year lease has come from, it certainly wasn't me. 

    Again, from the Moor Lane thread shortly after the Fans' Forum:

    "Effectively yes (Salford would own the ground) as it would be a long term leasehold (as Salford City have now) between 21 and 100 years with full control over the stadium's commerciality"

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