Salford Director of Rugby Tim Sheens has stated that some of their squad are likely to go out on loan in the foreseeable future but Mason Caton-Brown is not among them at the moment.
Last week winger Jake Bibby moved across Manchester to spend a month at Kingstone Press Championship Oldham and former London Broncos’ try-poacher Caton-Brown was also rumoured to be heading for injury-hit fellow Super League side Huddersfield.
The 22-year old centre hasn’t played competitively since the 70-6 demolition received at Headingley on July 17th last year but Sheens clarified: “We have a policy to try and keep players sharp as there is no organised lower grades as in the under 20s and State Cup in Australia.
“There is one being organised by some of the clubs but we are not involved at the moment as we have too many games to commit to and are not strong enough to have two fully-fledged squads with 34 or more players.
“We are under that so are just loaning players to clubs on a short-term basis just so as they can get some football.
“Huddersfield had some discussions with us but we didn’t want to release Mason at this stage as we are a little bit tight for outside back and have a busy schedule coming up.
“We want to make sure we are OK and Mason is the next one in line in the outside backs.
“Both Weller Hauraki (Achilles tear) and Daniel Vidot (pectoral muscle) are long-term injuries, involving surgery, so we don’t expect them to be back in the first phase of matches.
“They are both in light training at the moment so they are on their way back but both are likely to be three or four months.”
A trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan begin Sheens “busy schedule” on Thursday but the former Australian national coach pointed out:
“These things are part and parcel of football over here and we have to live with it occasionally.
“It’s the same for Wigan who only played the night before us.”