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Jon Wilkin predicts what will happen to Salford Red Devils if Paul Rowley leaves

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The Salford Red Devils are one of the surprise packages in Super League. Coming into the 2024 season, they were expected to struggle, having been rocked by a number of high profile departures ahead of the season.

Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers’ exit to Leeds Rhinos on the verge of the first game of the season was a major blow for Salford. However, thanks to a combination of smart recruitment and excellent coaching they have defied expectations and currently sit fifth in the Super League table.

Head coach, Paul Rowley, appeared as part of the Sky coverage for the Castleford Tigers versus Hull KR game last night. Rowley has been linked with a move to Leeds in recent days, following the departure of Rohan Smith. However, he refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a role.

Instead, Sky’s pundit, Jon Wilkin, discussed Salford’s success and the impact that Rowley’s side would have on the Red Devils’ future.

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Wilkin discussed life after Rowley for Salford Red Devils

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Speaking after the game, Sky Sports Pundit discussed the work Rowley had done as Salford head coach. Wilkin stated his admiration for Rowley who has continued to achieve remarkable success with the Red Devils, despite challenging circumstances.

However, Wilkin has concerns over what would happen at the club if Rowley were to depart. Wilkin explained:

“Yeah, my worry is for teams that have no resources when you have a coach like Paul Rowley and he milks every ounce out of his players that there’s a time where that runs out. We’ve seen it at Castletford didn’t we?” Wilkin said.

“But there’s a point at which that runs out of juice and whether it’s Paul moving on or a certain group of players, it’s difficult. I admire Salford, I think they’re an incredible club.”

“What they achieved and what Paul’s achieved as a coach, I think it’s truly remarkable and it’s Testament [to Rowley].

“You can know your stuff but you can get a group of men to trust you and buy into the message you’re delivering. And that’s maybe the biggest skill that Paul’s had.”

Salford host St Helens on Sunday as they look to sustain their playoff push. Depending on results else where, a win over Saints could see Salford overtake the Warrington Wolves and move up to fourth position. They could also open up a four point gap on sixth placed Catalans Dragons.

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