Salford Red Devils (66/1 Grand Final Winner) have made a big statement ahead of the 2022 Betfred Super League campaign after signing Shane Wright from NRL side North Queensland Cowboys.
The Red Devils endured a season to forget this year, with a ninth-placed finish the best they could do after winning just seven of their 22 matches.
Former Halifax Panthers coach Richard Marshall started the season in the dugout at the AJ Bell Stadium, but he lost his job three weeks ago. With only Leigh Centurions finishing below them, the Salford (40/1 Challenge Cup Outright) board have moved quickly to try and bolster their squad.
Tui Lolohea, Dec Patton and Kevin Brown have already moved on this autumn, but Wright joins King Vuniyayawa, Amir Bourouh and Brodie Croft through the door at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Wright made his NRL debut four years ago for the Cowboys, and he has since made 41 appearances for the Townsville club. He was named the Cowboys’ rookie of the year in 2019, but he says he cannot wait to get started and test himself in the Betfred Super League.
“It’s a new chapter in my rugby league career, and I’m excited to come over here and get stuck in,” he told reporters.
“I’m looking forward to improving my game and buying into the culture at the club.”
Director of rugby, Ian Blease, has worked hard to bring Wright to England ahead of the new season, and he says he can make a big impact in 2022.
He said: “I’m delighted that we have landed Shane’s signature. Shane is bringing with him four years of valuable NRL experience, and after speaking with Shane and watching him as a consistent performer at the Cowboys last season, he is coming to the Red Devils, bringing his workmanlike attitude, strength and agility to the pack for next season and beyond.”