|Dennis Riley hosted the night at Dog & Partridge & Paul Parkin was the Question Master on the night.|
Before the Q&A took place we handed over a cheque for £6000 to support the signing of 4 graduates from the Wales connection in the Reds programme. Finn Yates, Scott Pritchard, Billy Walkley & Connor Lacey, they are all part of the Wales RL National Development and can be seen in the image above. They have all been picked as part of the Elite Development squad for the 14-18 year old quality pathway programme which has been ongoing since October & is bearing fruit already.
Our Chair Shirley Bradshaw then went on to introduce & explain what the Trust does and how the ongoing support of the pathway is so vital.
Salford Women’s player Megan Condliffe was first up for the Q&A and was asked how she had got in to playing rugby, Megan had originally played for Widnes when she was younger & always wanted to play RL.
Next up was Gabby Chaplin, who had initially played at local Cadishead Rhinos & when Salford advertised trials turned up & got a place in the squad and is loving it.
We got Brodie Croft up next, he says he has settled in at the club & is enjoying playing with Sneyd & Brierley, the 3 of them are rugby nerds & will get better playing together. Brodie also said he is impressed with the intensity of Super League and has done a fair bit of travelling around the UK since he has been over here.
Shane Wright followed Brodie Croft for the Q&A, he is similarly enjoying being over here apart from the weather! Shane said the team told him to be sure he doesn’t miss our summer and he can’t believe how cold it gets here.
Both overseas players love the atmosphere from the fans over here and the passion of the crowd.
Last of the Women’s players was Helena Walker, from Hull originally but came here to study at Salford University & got playing rugby there, she then came for trials at the club and got picked and is absolutely loving it.
We want to thank Paul Parkin from Devil in the Detail who was fantastic at interviewing the players who were very responsive, there was great banter with last but not least Sam Luckley who is made up to be playing SL. He spoke about playing Magic Weekend in Newcastle and how it was something he had dreamed of walking out at the stadium being a local watching his idols Gasgoine & Shearer as a youngster. He had tears in his eyes when he walked down the tunnel and it made him so proud. Sam is in his last year of his contract but is hoping he can re-sign & stay at the club.
We raised £836 on the night which is superb, so thank you to everyone who supported the night for the Salford Supporters Trust and the Pathways/Reserves.
We also want to thank the Women’s and Men’s players for taking the time out to turn up for our fans forum, as well as Head of Safeguarding at the club Matt Carr to answer questions about his role. We learnt a lot and can’t wait for the next Q&A!
Fans Forum Summary – Tuesday 22nd March
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