Ian Watson, the Salford Red Devils head coach, has signed a new three year contract with the Super League club.

Watson, who used to play for Salford, has enjoyed a successful time in charge of the side since he took over as coach in 2015 and the team are currently sitting fifth in the table.

The club also announced on Twitter that Ben Murdoch-Masila has signed a new long-term contract and Watson said that he is proud to lead Salford.

Speaking to the club’s official website Watson said, “This is a really proud moment for me. Being a Salford lad myself, this club means a huge deal to me and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to be able to continue to take it forward. I feel like we have come a long way since 2015, and with the foundations we have put in place over the last two years, we will be able to establish this club at the top end of Super League.”

Ian Blease, the CEO of the club, said that he was delighted to have Watson sign a new contract with the club, “Getting Ian signed on a long term deal is a key part to what we are trying to achieve as a club. I know first-hand just how ambitious he is, and it is a hugely exciting time for the Red Devils as we look to the future.”

At the end of this season seventeen of the clubs players will be out of contract so they are continuing to work hard to reach new deals, in recent weeks Lama Tasi, Junior Sa’u and Weller Hauraki have all signed.

Blease said that they are working to secure the ‘nucleus’ of the team for the long term.