Salford admit they need extra season ticket sales to help survive 2021

SALFORD admit they need a push on season tickets to make sure they can get over the line in 2021.

The Red Devils have defied living on the breadline by reaching Super League’s Grand Final and the Challenge Cup final in successive seasons.

But bosses have revealed they are missing about a quarter of their projected budget income.

And they could do with more money in the coffers to prevent problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the minute, season ticket sales only make up for about 75 per cent of the total they planned for and that needs to be much higher by the time fans are allowed back in from May 17.

Salford's managing director Paul King said “Clubs across many sports are likely to be struggling financially currently and that challenge is being felt by Salford in particular at present.

"Our season ticket reward initiatives are an extra effort to secure closer to our expected number of season ticket sales to alleviate the financial pressure being felt.

‘‘As a community club, we have no benefactor to feed additional money which leaves us very vulnerable should season tickets and sponsorship not pick up significantly.

"Hopefully now fixtures have been announced people will start to believe they will see some live action and respond accordingly.

"We have had a fabulous couple of years with Grand Final and Wembley appearances, there’s a real sense of momentum building around the place so it would be a real shame if we had to fall backwards now."

Salford will miss out on three home attendances after the fixture list was revealed and they will be the first English club to head to Catalans Dragons.

However, they host Wigan in the first formal match where fans are allowed in round seven.

And they are also looking to host a test event for about 1,400 supporters as the sport lines up to do its bit ahead to make sure getting fans back in will be safe.

But it is believed just two football matches will be used on that basis, so rugby league chiefs are not overly confident of people being admitted in April or early May.

Despite financial worries, hopes are high Salford will have a good season under new boss Richard Marshall, who has made several new signings.

Although winger Joe Burgess looks set to miss the start of the season with an ankle injury picked up in training.

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