It was late last August when the news Niall Evalds would be parting ways with Salford Red Devils after over a decade of being involved with the club was confirmed. Aside from short loan spells with Oldham and Barrow Raiders, the full-back had been with the Red Devils from the age of 15 and departed as their leading try-scorer in Super League.
“I had a good relationship with the fans, and I think I knew every member of staff at the club and the stadium so well,” Evalds said. “Ultimately, I had to think about what was best for my career and this is a challenge I need at this stage. I’ll always be grateful for the people who have helped me along the way there.”
“To play in the Grand Final the year before to play in a Challenge Cup final, I never thought I’d be able to play in two finals at Salford. To do that was an amazing achievement for the players, the club and the fans,” he added.
“I spoke to Daryl and he spoke to me about things he thought he could help improve on my game and I thought it would be a good fit,” he continued. “He’s proven over the years he’s a great coach and he’s done an amazing job. I’ve come from a great coach at Salford in Ian Watson to another one at Castleford in Daryl Powell.”