Super League: Salford take on Hull FC at AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday
Last Updated: 11/07/14 5:16pm
Hull FC coach Lee Radford has put his team on red alert over Salford's trio of new signings who are all set to make their home debuts against his side at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday night.
The main attraction will be New Zealand Test full-back Kevin Locke, who is expected to overcome a groin injury to make his first appearance in Greater Manchester since the Kiwis' World Cup final defeat by Australia at Old Trafford in November.
The Red Devils' support cast includes Mason Caton-Brown, the club's exciting recruit from London Broncos, and the much-travelled Josh Griffin as Iestyn Harris' men seek to keep alive their slender Super League play-off hopes.
Locke and Caton-Brown both made try-scoring and eye-catching debuts in Salford's shock 36-10 win at Huddersfield last Saturday and have been earmarked by Radford as the chief danger men.
"They have both slotted in there nicely and will be a real threat in their back field," he said.
"Their arrival, as well as that of Josh Griffin, has really given them a lift and they look to have bonded as a team.
"They are difficult to defend against and we are going to have to be at our best because they have quality players across the field."
Locke accepted the offer of a lucrative contract from Salford owner Marwan Koukash after losing his place at New Zealand Warriors to England full-back Sam Tomkins and coach Harris believes the Red Devils fans will be in a for treat.
"Not many players in world rugby have got the ability to be at top speed and be in control of what you're doing with the ball and he showed that in his first day at training and he showed it in the game he played last week," Harris said.
That debut came just four days after he stepped off a plane and Harris is not expecting to see Locke at his best until he regains his match fitness after describing him as "heavy".
"I had a good laugh at that," Locke said. "Even my family had a good laugh at that. I don't take things like that to heart. I am a little bit over-weight, I hadn't played in four or five weeks."
Salford are just two points behind the Black and Whites, who dropped to 11th place after Wakefield's win over Widnes on Thursday night, and Saturday's game is being seen as a play-off eliminator.
"Everybody in and around us will be looking to make that eight," Radford said. "Hull KR, Wakefield and also Salford are going to be vying for that eighth spot and, with Widnes losing on Thursday, we are all pushing for the same goal now.
"It should be an exciting finish to the year and to get where we want to be we will need to smarten up beginning with this match."
Harris makes one change to the squad that beat the Giants last time out, with Harrison Hansen in for prop-forward Lama Tasi, who is serving a two-match ban.
For Hull FC, Jordan Rankin is back from leave and winger Tom Lineham and prop Chris Green also come in to the squad in place of Chris Tuson and Richard Whiting and injured captain Gareth Ellis.
Salford: Fages, Rapira, Evalds, Sa'u, Johnson, Hock, Chase, J Walne, Walton, Locke, Lee, Caton-Brown, Ashurst, Puletua, Hansen, Morley, J Griffin, Tomkins, D Griffin.
Hull: Abdull, Bowden, Green, Hadley, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Lancaster, Lineham, Paea, Paleaaesina, Rankin, Sa, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Yeaman.
First Utility Super League
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2014, round 19
Who has kicked the most goals this season? Which player is penalised the most? Find out here...
Laurent Frayssinous says Catalan's win at Bradford shows they have found the composure they lacked earlier this year.
A late try from former Bull Elliott Whitehead helped Catalan Dragons claim a 32-30 comeback win over the Bradford.
- Harris eyes play-off push
- Wane - We're in a good place
- Warriors thrash sorry Broncos
- Locke shines in Salford win
- Smith makes case for defence
- Webster: Our chance was coming
- Bulls v Dragons: Teams
- Bulls v Dragons: Teams
- Wildcats stun Rhinos
- Hull KR v Saints: Teams
- Powell praises in-form Clark
- Clark hat-trick floors Widnes
- Hull FC v Wolves: Teams
- Wildcats v Rhinos: Teams
- Powell prioritising points
- Sky Live: Vikings v Tigers