Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
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Shane Wright’s Salford Red Devils are currently loving life in Super League as they are coming off of a 60-14 win against Hull FC and are fifth on the league table.
However, Wright has not always been a Red Devil as he started in the NRL as a North Queensland Cowboys, playing for the Townsville-based club for several years before leaving in 2022.
The former Cowboys Rookie of the Year has opened up recently about his move away from North Queensland and why he chose to sign for Salford.
“Salford showed interest early and some of the players and coaching staff who were at the club resembled what I’m about which played a pivotal role in my decision,” Wright told Everything Rugby League.
“I think that what you’re doing away from the game is just as important as time at training, so going to a place where it allows me to get away from footy was important.
“Salford being right next to Manchester ticked that box.”
Wright then went on to recount his time in North Queensland and his love for the Cowboys.
“My time at cows was great,” stated Wright.
“ I grew up in North Queensland and was a fan early, so getting the chance to play for them was surreal.
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“I was lucky enough to learn and play alongside some great players, but more importantly I made some great mates along the way.
“I Definitely hold the club and the community in high regard.”
Now he is well and truly accustomed to life in the United Kingdom Wright has been able to focus on Salford and helping his side achieve great success.
Despite the Red Devils recent success though Wright believes Salford needs to be more consistent and believes that once the team can do that they will be a league title contender.
“We have played well in patches this year and have a few injuries already but we still need to be more consistent regardless,” said Wright.
“As a club we have been lucky enough to retain most of the squad from last year, so once we get going and put complete performances together, I think that we can mix it with the best and compete for trophies.”
Salford’s next game in Super League is a home fixture against bottom-of-the-table Wakefield on Sunday afternoon.