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Paul Rowley reveals what Salford’s team would look like with financial backing

Brodie Croft and Ken Sio at Salford Red Devils

Paul Rowley has been a big topic recently, with many suggesting he could be the new head coach for Leeds Rhinos.

One reason people think he might leave is the difference in financial backing that he’d likely get.

It’s well-known that Salford have had some of the least backing of any of Super League’s clubs, and have had to lose many of their key players – including Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers to Leeds.

Speaking on The Bench podcast with Jenna Brooks and Jon Wilkin, he was asked what the Salford side may look like with more financial backing, and he said: “If I had resources then you could have added to the team that we’ve already got.

“Tyler (Dupree), Brodie (Croft), Ackers, put Ken Sio back in, maybe Budgie (Tom Burgess) back in. Then there’s a fair old squad there because we’ve got a good team and that big good squad.”

Sio left the club on ‘compassionate’ grounds, so Rowley is maybe suggesting that he could have been given a contract that he could bring his family over on, but Burgess left the club due to his conduct not being “consistent with the club’s expectations”.

Dupree, Croft and Ackers certainly moved on to clubs where the money was good, with Tyler Dupree of course being part of the Wigan Warriors side that has the highest reported wage bill in Super League.

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Paul Rowley: “I thrive” on it

Salford Red Devils coach Paul Rowley speaks to Sky Sports pundit and former Leeds Rhinos player Jamie Jones-Buchanan

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Rowley has already turned down a move to Hull FC and seems happy in his role as Salford Red Devils’ head coach.

He said money wasn’t everything: “You can still build a good team without resources, but a good squad needs resources.”

Asked how used he was to low funds, he continued: “Probably in a little bit of a twisted way, I thrive on it as well a little bit.

“Obviously we’d like to have the resources that others have. And I’d like that for my players as well, to give them what they deserve.

“But what I will say is we’ve got a very durable set of players, thankfully, and touch wood because I think we’re the team with the most players that have played every single game so far in Super League.

“I’m sure we’ve got about six players in our team which is remarkable. However, what I do feel for the back end of the season with the head injury thing, is – they can only play so many minutes.”

Sides like Wigan and St Helens are able to field a huge number of players as they’ve got so many quality options, and this may well have been key in Salford’s bid for the playoffs.

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