Brian Noble delighted as Salford City Reds tempt Jordan Davies to switch codes and leave Sale Sharks

By Mark Shales

Salford City Reds have become the latest Super League side to bring in a cross-code convert from Sale Sharks, signing youngster Jordan Davies on an 18-month contract.

The 23-year-old centre follows controversial Welsh teammate Andy Powell away from the Sharks after the former Lions representative having agreed a switch with league-leaders Wigan Warriors.

Davies becomes the first arrival of new head coach Brian Noble’s reign and the Reds boss insists his new buy comes with bags of potential.

“Jordan comes highly rated but we certainly don’t want to heap pressure on him,” he told his club’s website.

“He has played rugby league before when he was 16, a lot has changed since then so we will let him settle in to the way we do things.

“He will be having a look at us over the next 18 months as we are at him. He’s an exciting prospect.”

The Eccles-based player enjoyed two spells with Sale, separated by a 12-month stint in New Zealand, turning out six times for the Manchester outfit this season.

The former captain of Sale’s junior side malso scored four tries in 12 appearances during a successful loan at Championship side Leeds Carnegie.

And Salford’s player welfare manager Paul Highton believes the youngster has what it takes to make a successful cross-code switch.

“We are really looking forward to working with Jordan,” he said.

“He has bags of talent and this is a big career move for him. He knows the area, knows the stadium already and is chomping at the bit to get going.

“He knows the fitness levels required to play League at this standard and has been really keen to get on with that aspect this last week, even before today’s announcement.

“He will now be working closely with our conditioners to get up to speed as quickly as possible and provide us with another exciting option.”

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