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Salford Red Devils set to sign Super League winger

Wakefield Trinity winger Lee Kershaw is still on the market with Leeds Rhinos boss Rohan Smith ruling the Rhinos out of signing the flyer.

One club who will almost certainly make a play for the 24 year old is the Salford Red Devils. They have already lost Ken Sio who was released on compassionate grounds but making matters worse his fellow winger is set to be released and allowed to leave after a disciplinary incident according to reports.

This makes a move for Kershaw almost inevitable and he would make a terrific signing for the club ahead of the new season.

The club have already signed Chris Hankinson from Featherstone Rovers ahead of the new season to help replace Ken Sio with Nene MacDonald also signed.

The former Featherstone centre Hankinson has joined the club where he progressed through the ranks at youth level, before enjoying nearly a decade at various sides across the north of England.

His most recent appearances in the Betfred Super League were for Toulouse Olympique in 2022 where, despite relegation, he was certainly a standout performer.

“It’s a great feeling,” Hankinson told the club’s YouTube channel in his first interview back at the club.

“It has kind of been a full circle, for me. It’s been just short of ten years since I left and now I’m back, but it feels right, a bit of unfinished business.”

One major influence in his decision to join the Red Devils was our Head Coach, someone Hankinson shares a close relationship with.

He has revealed how Rowley was pivotal in his transition from a back-rower to a centre, and says a reuniting with him was on the cards for a while.

“I’ve had a good relationship with Rowls over the past few years and he was the guy who actually made me transition from the second-row, into a centre,” Hankinson continued.

“It has been coming for a few years now and it never really materialised into anything until probably the last 48/72 hours where it became a real possibility.”

It’s not just Rowley who our new addition shares a close bond with. He has shared a dressing room with a lot of our current sqaud; including Marc Sneyd during his spell in the youth set-up.

He said: “I’m still quite close friends with a couple of the boys here.

“I speak to them regularly and I asked – I don’t think they knew why – how’s the environment, how’s the atmosphere and how are they enjoying it – and they’ve only had good things to say.”

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