Salford Red Devils were perhaps the surprise package of the 2022 Betfred Super League season.
They started impressively but by midseason they didn’t appear to be in the mix for play-off rugby. Then an amazing run turned things around and sent the Red Devils all the way to the semi-finals where they came up short against eventual Champions St Helens.
A big part of this was their spine of hooker Andy Ackers, halfback Marc Sneyd (both of whom ended up representing England in the Rugby League World Cup), star stand-off Brodie Croft and of course fullback Ryan Brierley.
The Red Devils worked hard to fend off other clubs who were interested in Brierley for 2023 after his World Cup campaign with Scotland ended.
They signed him to an extended deal for 2023 and beyond but will now have a nervous wait.
It was reported some weeks back that Brierley would need surgery on a leg injury and he has now undergone said surgery.
He took to social media to thank surgeon Dr Rob Gilbert “the best in the game” in Brierley’s opinion.
Now it is a case for Brierley to begin recovery ahead of the new Super League season where the Red Devils will hope to build on last year.
They have been able to keep a hold of their key players for next year and are striving to tie down Croft to a longer deal.
This is something they have struggled with in the past.
— Ryan Brierley (@RyanBrierley) November 29, 2022