Dob­son on course to start sea­son after op

Salford Advertiser - - SPORT - NEIL BARKER

SAL­FORD Red Devils’ star-sign­ing Michael Dob­son ex­pects to be fit for the start of the new Su­per League sea­son after un­der­go­ing surgery.

Dob­son is also hop­ing to step up his daily train- ing sched­ules in the New Year after un­der­go­ing an op­er­a­tion to re­pair ten­dons in his foot.

‘‘I am get­ting there,’’ said Dob­son, 28, who has joined Sal­ford from the New­cas­tle Knights.

Reds will be train­ing up to and on Christ­mas Eve be­fore tak­ing time off to be with their fam­i­lies.

Dob­son added: “I should be fine for the start of the sea­son. I am cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge fac­ing me here at Sal­ford.

‘‘I am cer­tainly glad to fi­nally be in the same side as Rangi Chase in­stead of op­pos­ing him.

‘‘Rangi is a night­mare to play against be­cause he is so un­pre­dictable. I rate him highly and look for­ward to part­ner­ing him.

‘‘I also know Gareth Hock and Har­ri­son Hansen from my time at Wi­gan. I played with Cory Pater­son at Hull KR.

‘‘Mar­wan Koukash, the Sal­ford owner, has as­sem­bled a very strong squad. the pack is cer­tainly pretty for­mi­da­ble.”

Reds bosses were de­lighted to see around 2,000 fans at­tend­ing Sun­day’s open day. Shirts were handed out to play­ers and Koukash ad­dressed fans.

CEO Martin Vick­ers said: “The play­ers have just re­turned from pre­sea­son train­ing in Scot­land and you could see just how strong team spirit re­ally is.

‘‘We were very en­cour­aged by the turnout at the open day.

‘‘We now face a very im­por­tant pe­riod of time be­fore the start of the new sea­son and will be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to pro­mote the club.

‘‘We will be pro­mot­ing the club on the back of buses, on the ra­dio and mo­torists will see some huge signs on the East Lan­cashire Road pro­fil­ing our play­ers.

‘‘We are also go­ing out into new ar­eas to raise aware­ness about what is hap­pen­ing here at Sal­ford. We have al­ready set up links in Glouces­ter and Ch­ester. A school on the Wir­ral con­tacted us about be­com­ing in­volved. We are here to help and pro­mote the club and Su­per League.’’

Sal­ford are look­ing for home gates at the AJ Bell Sta­dium to in­crease to around 7,000 in what Koukash terms a crit­i­cal sea­son.

Ben Jones Bishop, the winger signed from Leeds, is also re­cov­er­ing well from a se­ri­ous knee in­jury and is run­ning flat out at train­ing.

Reds will play Swin­ton, Dews­bury and Feather­stone next month in warm-up games ahead of the Su­per League opener at War­ring­ton.

Reds will re­sume pre-sea­son train­ing in early Jan­uary. Coach Iestyn Har­ris has no new in­jury wor­ries to con­tend with.

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New Red Devil Michael Dob­son is ready to step up his tran­ing

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