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Salford confirm deals for two

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Salford Red Devils have today confirmed the signings of former Widnes forward Adam Lawton as well as Jansin Turgut who, after featuring for Ian Watson’s team towards the end of the 2018 campaign, has extended his stay with the club.

25-year-old Lawton is a back-rower who, after making his Super League debut with his hometown club in 2014, scored an impressive nine tries in fifteen appearances. After that, he proceeded to enjoy a spell in Australia with Redcliffe Dolphins, a Queensland Cup team coached by former Catalans star Adam Mogg. His deal with Salford marks a return for Lawton to professional rugby league, something he told the media he was looking forward to. “I’m really excited to get back into a professional environment here at Salford and starting pre-season training this week,” he told the club’s official website. “I’m also grateful to Salford, Ian Watson and Ian Blease for giving me an opportunity to showcase what I’m all about in the Betfred Super League,” he added.

The club also confirmed that Turkey international captain Turgut had penned a new deal with the club after joining on a short-term deal at the end of 2018. After being released from the rest of his deal from Hull FC at the end of July, he joined Salford shortly after and went on to make two appearances from the interchange bench. “He showed a desire, attitude and hunger to perform for the Club which made us want to keep him on for the 2019 season,” Salford’s director of rugby and operations Ian Blease told the media. “Jansin is a young middle with Betfred Super League experience who when coming in at The Qualifiers stage last year showed glimpses of his versatility, ability & aggression,” club head coach Watson added.

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Brining departs Red Devils

Salford Red Devils have released hooker Kriss Brining after the 24-year-old missed the entire 2018 season with injury.

After making twenty four appearances in 2017, scoring five tries in the process, the former York City Knights rake was unable to build on an impressive debut Super League season after being hit by injury struggles and Red Devils head coach Ian Watson admitted that it was a hard decision to release Brining. “It was an extremely tough decision to let Kriss go,” Watson told the media. “Kriss was one of my first signings and I’d have loved to have continued our journey together. I’m still of the opinion that Kriss still has the potential to go far in the game,” he added.

Indeed, Watson seemed to indicate that belief in Brining’s ability further by suggesting that the pair may reunite in the future should circumstances allow it. “I’m hopeful that we can work together again in the future and this is something I’ve discussed with Kriss. Hopefully he gets his career back up and running,” he explained. However, the fact that the club is already well-stocked in the hooking department for 2019 with Joey Lussick, Logan Tomkins and Josh Wood contracted to Salford.

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WATCH: Hastings to stay

Jackson Hastings has confirmed today that he is staying at Salford Red Devils, at least for 2019 and possibly beyond.

In a video released on social media, set to atmospheric music, the Australian star thanked the fans and wider community for making his stay with the club so enjoyable before adding “sorry mum, I’m staying at Salford for one more year.” The half back joined the club just before the Super 8s and has inspired the club to earning Super League survival and, with him wearing the red jersey and not the one of any of the other teams he was linked with, head coach Ian Watson will be keen to ensure that the club aren’t dicing with relegation in 2019.

The 22-year-old has been a star performer for the club since arriving from the NRL and Manly after being jettisoned by the club for apparent disciplinary issues. Hastings himself has suggested that those issues weren’t what they were made out to be and what is clear, from his demeanour and attitude, Salford have a great player and person within the club who, thus far, has really seemed to enjoy his time with the club.