10th January 2021, 11:53 | salford
Paul Rowley has been appointed as Salford Red Devils’ first Head of Rugby Development, Talent and Pathways.
Rowley joined the Red Devils midway through the 2019 season and has helped the club to their first-ever Betfred Super League Grand Final followed by a first Challenge Cup Final since 1969 last year.
Prior to joining Salford, Rowley had been the Head Coach at Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack.
Following the announcement, Rowley said: “Five in five is the goal. In five years’ time, we want to have five homegrown players within the squad of the first team.
“Producing our own players creates a more sustainable model and one which we can be proud of as people in the local area.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, added: “This is the most important appointment we have made during my time at the club.
“Every improvement to our squad enhances what our supporters will enjoy on the field next season, but through this role, we are looking to impact our standing over the next decade and beyond.
“Putting in place somebody with Paul Rowley’s experience as a player and coach, opens up a number of exciting opportunities to us.
“His experience within our first team environment and detailed knowledge of the sport within the region make him an invaluable asset and the ideal candidate to meet the challenges we face.
“I am looking forward to working with him over the coming years, as we look to shape the Salford Red Devils side of the future.”