Salford star to undergo surgery

Salford forward Ryan Lannon will undergo surgery on a hernia this week.

The Red Devils forward, who played in Sunday’s match against Swinton, is set to miss the rest of pre-season training, but coach Ian Watson is hopeful he will be available for selection come their season opener against St Helens.

“It’s not a full hernia,” Watson said.

“We could have cracked on and played through, but then you risk something happening in the season. He got a cough over Christmas and that’s how we’ve discovered it. If we get it done now, it means he misses fewer games. If we’d waited he could have ended up missing four or five matches. We’re hopeful that he could still be in contention come the opening game.

“But he’s the only injury concern we have. Moose (Lee Mossop) had a calf problem, but he’s fine now.”

Watson reiterated that there would be no further recruitment before the start of the season, but revealed where he would like to strengthen if the opportunity arose.

“Recruitment is pointless for us at the minute, we’re done.

“In an ideal world we’d get another backrower in for depth and competition for places, but it’s not an option at the minute, although maybe it’s something we will look to explore further down the line.”