Salford sign Toronto hooker

Salford Red Devils have confirmed the signing of hooker Andy Ackers from Toronto Wolfpack on a two-year contract.

The deal is effective immediately, and will take him until the end of 2022.

Ackers will link up with Paul Rowley again, who coached him at Leigh and Toronto. He also worked with Head Coach Ian Watson at Swinton Lions.

Ackers said: “I’ve spoken to Watto and Rowls and they’ve said my game’s going to fit in really well here. I’ve really enjoyed playing with Watto before. He gave me options that suited my style of play.

“I took no persuading once I knew Salford were interested.

“Now I just can’t wait for us to get playing. I’ve been keeping myself at top fitness during lockdown, for when this season gets back underway.”

Watson added: “Andy will prove to be a great signing for Salford.

“He’s a player who’s coming into his prime and will add a real attacking threat, especially around the ruck, with his speed and skills, while also stiffening us up defensively.

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work with Andy again, as myself and Rowls have already had the experience of working with him.

“He made his senior debut at 19 and his energy and sheer determination to be one of the best nines really stands out in the way he competes at training and in games.

“This year, in Super League his performances have gotten stronger every week and Andy will complement the players in our squad, to make us a stronger team.”

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