Players keen to get back on the field, says Watson

Salford head coach Ian Watson admits his players are desperate to do what they do best, and do their talking on the field.

After the club’s recent failed salary cap hearing appeal, much of the focus has been on the off-field matters at the club, with speculation increasing around Marwan Koukash’s future.

But Friday’s game against Widnes gives Watson and his team the opportunity to focus on the game itself, and the Salford chief admits it is a welcome distraction.

“They’ve settled down really well this week,” Watson told the club’s official website.

“Obviously, because the emotion was so raw straight away at the Warrington game last week it affected a little bit of our performance, but everything seems to have settled down and we’ve moved forward positively this week.

“The boys are hungry to get out there. They’re rugby players at the end of the day and that’s what they want to do. They want to play rugby and not get involved in the politics and everything else that is going on.”

Salford have defeated the Vikings twice this season, and Watson admits that they have plenty of time focusing on Denis Betts’ side after seeing their tactics change in both games.

“We’ve had a little look at what they’ve done in those two games because they changed their tactics a little bit in the second game so we’ve had a look at that. We’ve had a look at what they’re going to throw at us this time and we’ve been working on them in training, so hopefully we’ll be in good shape going towards the Widnes game.”