Watson admits Salford can’t finance a larger squad after injury-hit St Helens defeat

As the Salford Red Devils count the cost of their injury-laden defeat to St Helens on Thursday night, their head coach, Ian Watson admits that the club does not have the budget to sign new players.

Watson had already lost forward, George Griffin in the warm-up, to hamstring injury, when his captain, Lee Mossop withdrew just minutes into the 26-4 defeat to the Super League leaders.

Jackson Hastings was then taken off in the final moments with a concussion, and both Junior Sa’u and Jansin Turgut reported niggles post-match.

When asked if Salford would head into the market, should he lose any of those players, Watson said: “I’d love to dip into the market, but unfortunately we don’t have the finances here to do that.

“We’ve got a good enough squad and we have got competition for places in some of our middles.

“Adam Lawton is developing really well; he’s playing down at Rochdale at the moment and his movements are looking a hell of a lot better. Plus we’ve also got Daniel Murray and Mark Flanagan.

“There are a few guys to drop in there, so I hope we’re not in a desperate situation just yet.”