Salford City Reds call on youth to gain experience against University of Gloucestershire All Golds in cup

By Matt Simpson

Salford City Reds’ Stephen Wild says the Challenge Cup clash against University of Gloucestershire All Golds is a great learning opportunity for the club’s youngsters.

The Reds are currently on a three-match losing streak and will welcome the break from Super League when they take on the semi-professional Championship One side on Sunday.

While Wild believes the match is a great chance to blood some younger players, he also feels a win will help restore confidence in the squad.

“It’s a chance to get a few of the young kids a game,” he said. “They can get some more experience against a less experienced than a Super League side.

“The more games they play, the better they will be for us.

“We can work on a few things, try and get a bit of confidence back up. Hopefully we can use this game and kick on after that.”

Alan Hunte – who will take charge of the team one last time before Brian Noble takes charge – is happy he can rest some first team players.

“Coming off the back of a hectic three weeks, it’s been nice to rest a few guys in training,” he said.

“I know that if they play, they can just turn up and do that because they’ve got the experience.

“The young guys are excited as well because one or two may get a debut so the enthusiasm’s been good.”

Wild is also relieved the coaching situation was resolved and believes former Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors coach Noble is the right man to take the club forward.

“It is good for the team to get a coach under our belt now and get a bit of security,” he added.

“Someone of his experience will be good to take the club forward. He’s been at a couple of clubs now where he’s started the building process.

“He will start putting down foundations for the future, but it’s going to be a tough ask for him to come in and start changing things right away.”


Salford City Reds assistant coach Sean Long has left the club just three days after the appointment of new head coach Brian Noble.


The former Wigan Warriors and St Helens scrum-half joined the Reds under then head coach Matt Parrish in 2011 after retiring as player.


Noble and the club assured the 36-year-old’s position was safe, but Long, linked with a return to both Wigan and Saints, has called time on his Salford career.


“I am sorry to say I have handed in my notice at Salford City Reds,” he posted on Twitter. “I am taking my time to weigh up my options.”


Reds chief executive Ed Farish was disappointed to lose someone of Long’s experience and believes the Wiganer is after a new challenge.


“We wanted to keep him,” he told Sky Sports.


“He’s worked very hard here and he’s got good football knowledge. But people make their own decisions. I think he’s looking for new challenges.”


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