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Salford Red Devils secure signing of promising Leeds Rhinos youngster

Salford Red Devils have followed yesterday’s acquisition of former St Helens man Matty Foster with the signing of promising half-back Kai Morgan from Leeds Rhinos.

Morgan joins Paul Rowley’s first team squad after starring in the reserves for Leeds Rhinos, becoming Salford’s fourth confirmed addition following the signings of Nene Macdonald, Ethan Ryan and Matty Foster.

Salford announced Morgan’s deal via their club website, stating: “We are delighted to reveal the signing of Kai Morgan on a one-year deal.

“The halfback arrives at the Salford Stadium with a lot of promise and will hope to continue his exciting development under the guidance of Paul Rowley.”

Morgan was formerly in the Leeds Rhinos youth set-up partnering Jack Sinfield in the reserves with the Rhinos lifting the Academy Grand Final in the 2022 season off the back of Morgan’s excellent play.

Salford’s statement continued: “In 2018, Morgan made his academy debut against Wakefield Trinity, scoring once and kicking seven goals in a 50-4 victory.

“Going on to make three further appearances that season, he became a post-covid regular in the set-up and started at halfback in the Rhinos’ 2022 Academy Grand Final success over St Helens.

“After making multiple appearances for the reserves last season, Morgan will be making the step-up to first grade rugby league and joining our squad in pre-season.”

Reacting to the move, Morgan said: “I am really excited to be joining a great club in Salford.

“I can’t wait to get to work, meet all the boys, the coaching staff and get stuck in to make 2024 a good one for us, and the fans!”

Both head coach Paul Rowley and Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease commented on Morgan joining the Red Devils’ side with Rowley stating: “Kai is a very welcome addition to our squad.

“He is a young pivot who I have watched perform consistently well over a decent period of time whilst playing at Leeds.

“He is a terrific young man and everybody at the club is looking forward to working alongside Kai, and supporting him to being his best.”

Meanwhile, Blease added: “I am excited to see what Kai can bring to Salford Red Devils in 2024.

“We have watched his development very closely and believe he has what it takes to compete with our first grade group.

“I believe he will be coming into the perfect environment – under the best team of coaching staff – to realise his potential.

“I would like to welcome Kai and his family to the club and look forward to seeing him in action!”

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