Melbourne star turns down Salford

Salford Red Devils will have to do without key man Dan Sarginson for two more Super League matches – at Wakefield on Thursday and Hull next Monday, July 5.

The former Wigan fullback started a three-match suspension for a high tackle when the Red Devils hosted Leeds on Sunday.

The 28-year-old was punished for his challenge on hooker Adam O’Brien during Salford’s 9-8 win at Huddersfield. In a case of mistaken identity, referee Scott Mikalauskas sent off second rower James Greenwood.

It was Sarginson’s first match back after a three-match ban for a dangerous throw during the 28-0 defeat at St Helens. That kept him out of the losses to Wigan, Warrington and Hull KR.

The win over Huddersfield was only a second league victory of the season for Salford, who also beat Leigh 34-8 at the AJ Bell Stadium in April.

“We learned another lesson – one of confidence,” said coach Richard Marshall.

Meanwhile it’s claimed Melbourne Storm halfback Ryley Jacks turned down an offer to join Salford, who have signed Tonga international Ata Hingano.

Canada international Jacks, 29, who is in his second spell at Melbourne, having also played for Gold Coast Titans, was seen as a replacement for Tui Lolohea, who is set to join Huddersfield next season.

At least for this season, Hingano, who is awaiting clearance for his move from Queensland Cup side Mackay Cutters, will be reunited with Lolohea.

The pair have played alongside each other for both New Zealand Warriors and Tonga, and were in tandem when Kristian Woolf’s side tested England before being beaten 20-18 in the 2017 World Cup semi-finals.

Hingano, 24, has agreed a deal until the end of this season with a two-year extension option.

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