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‘Carry on doing what we’re doing’: New signing Lee Gaskell looking to kick-start Salford City Reds season

By Matt Simpson

New signing Lee Gaskell is looking to help kick-start Salford City Reds’ season after making an instant impact on his debut against Huddersfield Giants.

The stand-off – who joined on-loan from St Helens – scored a try after just four minutes of the Reds’ hard-fought 21-20 win over the Giants.

The 22-year-old was happy to get the win and now wants to push on, but is not expecting an easy game as they take on Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Easter Monday.

“We were bottom of the league and they were top so it was good to get the win,” he said.

“Hopefully we can kick on against Bradford on Monday, but it is going to be tough, we know what a good team they have got.

“We just have to carry on doing what we’re doing and kick-start our season from here.”

And Gaskell – settling in well since arriving last week – was delighted with his debut try as his team produced one of the surprise results of the round.

“Scoring a try and beating the league leaders, debuts don’t get much better than that,” he added.

“We fought hard and we knew it was going to be a tough game. They were top of the league expecting to come here and win.

“But we were up for it and I think we shocked them.

“I’ve only been here a couple of days, but the lads have been great and made me feel very welcome and I am enjoying it already.”

Reds’ interim head coach Alan Hunte explained he was an admirer of Gaskell before bringing him to the club and believes he showed his quality against Huddersfield.

“I hope he starts every game like that. That’s what Lee can do, he’s a quality player,” he said.

“He’s shown that while he was at Saints and he certainly showed that in the first 20 minutes with that try.”

But Hunte – delighted to secure his first win in charge of the Reds – said despite his obvious talent, the player was not quite the finished article.

“He’s still got a lot to learn. He’s done one training session so we’ll found out more about him as the season goes on,” he added.

“We look forward to working with him.”

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