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Salford coach targets franchise

Shaun McRae
McRae was appointed Salford coach in June last year

Salford coach Shaun McRae has said getting a Super League franchise would be better achievement than any trophies the club wins this year.

The City Reds beat Doncaster 60-0 to lift the Northern Rail Cup on Sunday and lead the National League One table.

McRae said: "That will be the biggest victory this year if we are granted a licence for the next three years, that will be the ultimate."

The Rugby Football League will make a decision on 22 July.

The Super League is set to be expanded from 12 to 14 clubs, with Salford, Widnes, Leigh and Celtic Crusaders among those vying for a guaranteed spot in the top flight.

I think everyone is realising now how difficult this National One competition is

Shaun McRae

McRae added: "What we said at the start of the year is we wanted to win the Northern Rail Cup and we wanted to win the Grand Final, we've done one of those.

"We're sitting top of the table, we've got a tough run in, they'll all be tough for everyone playing in this competition.

"I think everyone is realising now how difficult this National One competition is."

Salford do not return to action until next Sunday (13 July) when they go to Dewsbury (kick-off 1400 BST).



see also
Salford cruise to cup final win
06 Jul 08 |  Rugby League
Tyrer topples the league leaders
20 Jun 08 |  Rugby League
Salford ace keen on bigger League
19 Jun 08 |  Rugby League


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