Exclusive: Salford Red Devils’ Kallum Watkins reveals truth behind rumoured Super League link

Kallum Watkins has enjoyed something of a resurgence at the Salford Red Devils.

The Lancastrian made the move to the AJ Bell Stadium following an uncertain time in his future after the capitulation of the Toronto Wolfpack for whom Watkins had signed ahead of the 2020 Super League season.

Salford ‘saved’ Watkins’ Super League career and he is certainly repaying the faith, especially after such a devastating ACL injury suffered in 2021.

Since returning to action in 2022, the 31-year-old has established himself as one of the competition’s most in form second-rowers after making the shift from centre.

Now, Watkins has revealed just how much he is enjoying it at Salford.

“We’ve got a really good group and I’m am enjoying my time there but it’s good to be back playing and playing consistent,” Watkins told Serious About Rugby League.

“We’ve got a team that can achieve anything that they want to and we need to make sure we are in belief of that.

“There’s been a couple of times where things could have been different but we’ve got a tough challenge ahead of us.

“We are a little a bit down on bodies but we have got that resilience within us and we need to be completely honest with ourselves.”

Earlier in the season, Watkins was linked with a move to Huddersfield Giants, but Red Devils head coach Paul Rowley dismissed those claims immediately.

However, the former Leeds Rhinos star had no knowledge of that speculation and was aware that Salford would trigger the last year of his deal.

“From my knowledge I knew Salford were always going to take next year on board.

“It was all about getting back playing and making sure I was playing well, but Salford have been really good to me and I’ve got a lot of history with them obviously being a supporter.

“They helped me get back in Super League during lockdown and when the Toronto stuff happened, but things like that (rumours) happen, it’s always going to happen.”

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