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‘All about sticking together’: Salford City Reds captain Stephen Wild admits walking out was never an option

By Mark Shales

Salford City Reds captain Stephen Wild admitted his loyalties were never in doubt while weathering the toughest winter in the club’s history.

The Reds are thought to be around £600,000 in debt which led to growing doubts about the club’s survival, causing 13 players to leave in the second half of last year.

But with racecourse millionaire Dr Marwan Koukash set to announce a takeover deal any day, Wild is just looking forward to playing rugby once again.  

“It was just all about sticking together,” Wild told MM.

“It’s been really hard at times but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and now just get ready for the season.

“What he’s [Dr Koukash] said has been really good about building for the future and he’s thanked us personally for sticking loyal to the club which gave the lads a real buzz.

“Hopefully the fans can see what’s coming to Salford and get behind the players and get behind the club.”

Salford kick off Super League XVIII at home to Wigan on Friday night, a side they lost 34-16 to in their final pre-season friendly.

But with Salford currently relying on a much-depleted youthful squad, head coach Phil Veivers is expected to sign as many as seven new players when the takeover money comes through.

And Wild believes a mix of youth and experience at the Salford City Stadium could see the Reds develop into a competitive side over the next few seasons.

“We’ve got a lot of young lads and we need some experience in to help them and if it takes seven or even ten it can only be good for the club,” he added.

“The last couple of years we’ve struggled as a squad, a few injuries have knocked us back here and there.

“It’s about getting the experience in and getting a partnership going and fans have just got to stick by us and let us gel at our own pace.”

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