Sa’u: Competition strong at Salford

Salford centre Junior Sa’u says the competition for places in the Red Devils’ backline is heating up as the club targets a finals spot in 2015.

Sa’u was impressive in his first season in Super League, crossing for 12 tries in 25 games. He was the club’s top try-scorer, ranked second in try assists, tackle busts and metres, and finished third in carries.

The Red Devils will have an abundance of talent in the backline next year with Kevin Locke, Mason Caton-Brown, Sa’u, Greg Johnson, Niall Evalds and Ben Jones-Bishop all in contention for spots.

“We’ve got a pretty solid backline,” Sa’u said.

“Josh Griffin as well and Bishop as well, which keeps us on our toes. At training we’ve been pushing each other, not only on the field but off the field and in the gym as well. There’s competition there but that’s what we want. Brings the best out of you.”

Sa’u who has began pre-season training with Salford after a short break in Australia, was voted the Supporter’s Player of the Year in 2014.

Salford has brought in Matt Groat, Michael Dobson, Weller Hauraki and retained Gareth Hock for 2015, with making the finals a goal for the club. Another high-profile signing has been tipped for the Red Devils recently by chairman Marwan Koukash on Twitter.

“We’ve got a pretty strong squad,” The former Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights centre said.

“It’s just continuing off where we left off this year, there’s some good signs for next year. That’s one of our goals. There’s a lot of hard work in front of us to do.”

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