Salford Red Devils fullback Ryan Brierley says a lot of hard work goes into the team’s attractive style of rugby which saw Salford reach the Betfred Super League Grand Final last season.
The 30-year-old enjoyed a successful first year with the Red Devils in 2022 and he and his teammates will be hoping for more in 2023 under the stewardship of Paul Rowley, who himself experienced his first year with Salford last term.
The Red Devils received a lot of widespread praise for their exciting style of play in 2022 and on their run to the Grand Final they were adopted as a second team by many neutrals because of how enjoyable they were to watch as a team.
Brierley feels that if he was a fan, the Red Devils would be the perfect team to follow.
“I think if I was a fan, I’d want to support a team that does throw the ball around like us,” told The Sportsman.
“What I will say is, there’s a lot of hard work that goes into it, it’s certainly not off the cuff.
“There’s a lot of people in the process that have to be in the right position and right place, and if that person isn’t in the right place, it doesn’t look great - looks a bit ugly to be honest.”
Looking back on his first year at Salford, Brierley feels that reaching the Grand Final was just as successful as implementing an attractive style of play.
He said: “I think when you determine success [getting to a Grand Final], I think that’s success to me as well, making sure you play a great brand of rugby that people want to come and watch. I think that is an element of success.
“I think there is a conscious effort that we want to express ourselves but there’s no pressure with it. I think if there is any kind of pressure we kind of enjoy that, that tag of being that team who people want to come and watch.”
Salford Red Devils kickstart their 2023 Betfred Super League campaign on Friday 17 February with a trip to Leigh Leopards.