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Saturday, 23 December, 2000, 11:42 GMT
Salford's newest given chance
Wayne McDonald
McDonald hopes to make an impact with the Saints
Salford City Reds are set to hand five players their debuts in the Boxing Day clash at Warrington Wolves.

The Reds include new signings Francis Maloney and Warren Jowitt.

Both were snapped up from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, and will be alongside former Swinton forward Andy Coley and ex-Warrington prop Warren Stevens.

Reds boss John Harvey also gives 17-year-old local-born winger Neil Baxter his debut.

Christmas cheer for Newlove

Meanwhile, St Helens will give Peter Shiels and Wayne McDonald their debuts in their festive friendly against Wigan Warriors.

Shiels, from Australian side Newcastle Knights, is named in the starting line-up while McDonald, a signing from Hull, will be on the bench.

Saints also include World Cup stars Sean Hoppe, Anthony Sullivan, Paul Sculthorpe and Paul Wellens.

Paul Newlove has recovered from a knee injury, suffered in the grand final win over Wigan.

The five players rested are Sean Long, Tommy Martyn and captain Chris Joynt who will play in the New Year's Day home friendly against Warrington Wolves.

Coach Ian Millward includes four youngsters on the bench who have yet to make their first team debut - John Braddish, Mark McCully, Chris Giles and Mike Loughlin.

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