Salford Red Devils star reveals he almost retired before Super League move

Salford Red Devils recently offered a three-year extension to star centre Tim Lafai and the talented player has spoken about that on the Red Devils Youtube channel.

Lafai, 31, arrived after a spell with Canterbury Bulldogs but had split his career between the Bulldogs, where he debuted, and St George Illawarra in the NRL.

He’s clearly settled in Salford and even mentioned that the switch saved his career.

“To go from almost retiring to finding that passion for rugby again has been a rollercoaster ride.”

Since arriving last season he performed brilliantly and forged his way into the Super League dream team as he scored six tries in his 25 appearances helping the Devils into the play-offs.

That has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension which will see him stay at Salford through the 2025 season.

Speaking on his selection to the dream team Lafai told the club’s Youtube Channel.

“I think it’s that coming over here, I came looking for the joy in rugby league and to find the passion for the game. I had a great team around me to help me find that and great coaching staff.

“Everyone contributed and you can see as a team how well we went, so that’s what I put it down to,” before complimenting his winger and half-backs Joe Burgess and Mark Sneyd respectively.

“I think for myself as a centre it’s always nice to have a winger with speed like Joe and someone who can finish. I can always rely on him because the old legs are not going to do it for me so I’m happy for him to take it 80 metres all the way.

“Having Sneyd as my half with that great kicking game, I think we’ve formed a great combination this year and were only building and getting better going into next year.”

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