Halfback Sneyd had a year left to end his contract with Hull FC but was granted a release to move to the team he began his professional career with. “There was literally 100 MPH from Monday to Thursday and it was done – it’s been a bit of a manic week,” he said.
By Marc Bazeley at AJ Bell Stadium
Last updated: 21/05/11 21:43
Marc Sneyd was on vacation when he received a phone call that would kick off a series of events culminating in a whirlwind transfer from Hull FC to the Salford Red Devils.
With one year left on his MKM Stadium contract, the 30-year-old had originally planned to spend 2022 with the club he had been in for the past six years, winning the Challenge Cup twice and becoming one of their key players.
But when his phone rang as he enjoyed some free time last week with the Red Devils they expressed an interest in bringing him back to the club where it all began, as well as giving him the opportunity to return to live in his hometown. of Oldham, there was only going to be a result.
What followed were several hectic days of negotiation when Sneyd returned from vacation, with Hull FC happy to grant the half a break from his final year of contract and free him to sign a three-year contract with Salford.
“There was kind of a pinch until Monday,” Sneyd said, recalling how his transfer unfolded. “Then there was literally 100 MPH from Monday to Thursday and it was done – it’s been a bit of a manic week.
“I’ve been at Hull for six years and loved every single minute of my time there, but I was ready to go back to family and stuff. They didn’t try to stop anything.
“I loved my time in Hull and took stock of Hull if they wanted me to stay and stick to the contract I signed, I would – and I did it with a smile on my face and to the best of my ability. But they were amazing and they understood the situation. “
Sneyd’s surprise move to AJ Bell Stadium was unveiled at the same press conference that saw Paul Rowley confirmed as the Red Devils’ new head coach, becoming the club’s first signing under the new manager and the club’s eighth overall before the season. 2022.
His arrival, along with that of Brodie Croft from the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos, went a long way in filling the void in the halves left by Tui Lolohea’s move to the Huddersfield Giants under former Salford manager Ian Watson and Kevin Brown’s retirement.
Rowley, the former boss of Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack, has been a longtime admirer of Sneyd’s abilities and even hinted at the possibility of making him captain for the upcoming 2022 campaign.
“He’s won the Lance Todd Trophy twice and when it comes to leadership, I think he ticks that box,” Rowley said. “He clearly has probably the best kicking game in the league and has been in a great club.
I’ve been in Hull for six years and loved every single minute of my time there but I was ready to go back to family and stuff. They didn’t try to stop anything.
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“He comes to us with a lot of years and a lot of miles left, and we expect him to have a good influence on the group during the week and match day.
“We want to go perform on any big stage and he has done it more than once, so we are happy because he fits the bill completes the team and can be a real leader.”
Another Salford coaching staff member who knows Sneyd well is assistant Danny Orr, who played alongside him at the Castleford Tigers when the former Waterhead Warriors junior spent the 2014 season on loan at Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
“He has matured over the years and has always been a good guy, but he has matured his game,” said former midfielder and hooker Orr. “He learned what a real midfielder is and he did it in a huge club in Hull with a lot of pressure on him.
“We all know the # 7 Hull has had over the years and wearing that jersey has a lot of pressure on it. He handled it immensely, he became a great player and it’s great to see a guy who has had a fantastic career. .
“I got to work with him as a young man and now I will become a mature and senior player, and he has grown tremendously.”
A lot has changed in Salford since Sneyd made his debut in 2010 when the club was still under the City Reds name and they were two years from leaving their old home to the Willows for their current location.
Since he last played for them, the Red Devils have continued to make their first appearance in a Super League Grand Final and reach the Challenge Cup Final for the first time in over 50 years, even though 2021 saw them. finish 11th and Richard Marshall started as head coach. after only one season in office.
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However, Sneyd feels a lot to be positive about Salford as they return to preseason training under Rowley’s eye.
“I think it’s pretty exciting at the moment around Salford,” Sneyd said. “The players who have entered are exceptional signings and if you look at the team, they seem to have the potential to do things.
“It has definitely developed from training at Broughton University. It is going in the right direction and I hope it can while I am here and beyond.”