Salford City Reds centre Ryan McGoldrick admitted surprise at remaining in England for so long after making his 150th Super League appearance last week.
The former Castleford Tigers man ran over for the Reds’ only try in their defeat to the Bradford Bulls – Salford’s fifth loss in six league games.
But despite the result, Australian-born McGoldrick admitted the night was something to cherish for him on a personal level.
“It would have been nice to get the win but it’ll certainly be something to look back on when I’m finished,” he told MM.
“I came over here for a year initially and planned to go back, so to be here in my eighth season playing in my 150th Super League game is a nice little milestone.
“It wasn’t the best of games but it was fairly physical. All the boys were bashing each other out there. A few people were going for stitches.”
The Reds – soon to be the Red Devils – will travel down to the road to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium at the weekend to face Widnes Vikings in the annual Super League Magic Weekend.
Centre Chris Nero will miss the trip after being rushed to hospital mid-game following a clash of heads with teammate Wayne Godwin on Friday.
But McGoldrick, who represents the USA at international level, hopes Salford will rise to the occasion after a crowd of 63,716 went through the Etihad turnstiles last year.
“We get to go to a pretty big stadium, it’s a big occasion and there’s always a big crowd so it’s going to be exciting for all of us,” he added.
“But we need to really look at our own backyard and concentrate on getting a win because they’ve been few and far between – that’s more important than enjoying the occasion,
“It should be a good chance for us to go to a big stadium and try and put a few things right.”
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