Dobson on course to start season after op
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.
New Red Devil Michael Dobson is ready to step up his traning