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“Always going to…” – Kyle Amor states why Salford Red Devils aren’t a big club

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The Salford Red Devils have been the side in Super League who have consistently punched above their weight in recent seasons. Despite severe financial constraints, the club has frequently challenged for honours at the business end of both the Super League and Challenge Cup competitions.

Having reached a Super League Grand Final in 2019, the club has gone on to reach another semi-final, as well as appearing in the 2020 Challenge Cup final, where they narrowly lost against the Leeds Rhinos.

Throughout that period, Salford have lost a succession big names, as they have struggled to compete financially with the other top sides. Jackson Hastings, who inspired the club in 2019, moved to Wigan Warriors before returning to the NRL.

In the build-up to the 2024 season, Salford lost both Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers to Super League rivals, Leeds Rhinos, along with Joe Burgess, who moved to Hull KR. However, under the stewardship of head coach, Paul Rowley, they have managed to remain competitive.

Now, pundit Kyle Amor, has offered his opinion on Salford’s future and why he believes they should not be considered a bug club in Super League.

Amor believes Salford Red Devils cannot be considered a big club

Brodie Croft and Ken Sio at Salford Red Devils

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Speaking in a wide-ranging conversation with the Sportsman podcast, Amor offered his opinion on the project as Salford, whilst discussing Rowley’s future at the club. Rowley has been heavily linked with a move to Leeds, to follow Croft, Ackers and former Salford Managing Director, Ian Blease, who moved to Headingley as Sporting Director.

According to Amor, the fact that Salford continue to lose their best talent to rivals is what prevents them from being considered a big club, despite regularly competing at the top end of Super League in recent seasons.

“I have to be honest and I do say that you know players and coaches at times will… A club like Salford is always going to be a bit of a selling club, you know, I know that sounds crazy given what they’re doing at the moment and they, believe me, that squad that they’ve got right now, I don’t feel that if they get into the playoffs, I don’t think they’ll be frightened of anybody.

“I think they’ve already shown enough evidence this year that they fully believe that they can go on and get to a Grand Final.

“I just feel that, yeah, I think fans across the game can’t quite classify Salford as a big club yet.”

Salford will be hoping to prove Amor wrong as they continue their push for a spot in the top six of Super League. Salford face a resurgent Hull FC side when Super League resumes after the international break.

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