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Why Super League side are dependant on fans to keep star after transfer request

Salford Red Devils have moved to become the first community owned Super League club.

They have raised £160,000 as they invite fans to get involved.

The club confirmed last week that they have rejected a transfer for an unnamed but likely key player last week showing the impact of the money they have raised as in the past they have had to accept such fees to keep the club afloat.

This player has all but been confirmed as being prop Tyler Dupree with Hull KR reportedly having a six figure sum turned down for him prompting Dupree to make a transfer request.

Last week Managing Director Paul King warned that fans have to continue to back the club to stop the sale of key players.

The club said: “Salford Red Devils can also confirm that the club has rejected an offer for an unnamed player this week.”

King added:

“A reflection of the progress we have made as a club in recent years is our hugely talented squad who are attracting offers from other clubs across the world, and who would potentially command significant transfer fees.

“But one of the reasons we are doing this now is to ensure we can keep our playing squad together and compete at the higher end of the competition – it just feels counter-productive to move on members of the group right now so we will avoid doing so for as long as we can.

“That being said, it may be something we must consider sooner rather than later if we do not get back on track in the campaign.

“To those who have already pledged and are now making history with us, firstly thank you, and secondly, help us now go further by speaking to your friends and family about it.

“Get them involved right away, or get them along to the event on the 23rd to learn more – this is such a special moment, not only for the club and the game, but for our local community too.”

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