Fringe Eels forward joins Super League side Salford

James Hasson

James Hasson was not without a club for long, signing with Super League outfit Salford Devils with immediate effect.

Recently released from his playing contract by the Parramatta Eels, Hasson was previously a member of the Manly Sea Eagles side and a part of their 2013 NRL grand final squad.

Making 40 appearances in total in the NRL, Hasson will provide the Salford team and forward pack with some international experience, having represented Ireland on numerous occasions.

Hasson drew praise from Salford coach Ian Watson who believes that the utility forward will be able to make an impact for the team.

“James is a player that adds some real competitiveness to our squad. We’ve had some injuries to our middles with Adam Walne and George Griffin, and James is exactly the kind of player that can step into that role. His NRL experience with Manly and Parramatta will be invaluable.

“James is a tough, no-nonsense player who runs hard and direct lines but also has the ability to play a good offload game. His defence is first-rate and he is a good fit for our style of play.

“His attitude and desire to come on board with us has been superb, and I’m sure he will slot straight into the playing group over the coming weeks.”

Club CEO Ian Blease is also pleased to see Hasson at the club.

“James is a player that brings a lot to the table both on and off the field,” Blease said.

“He has bought into the culture that Ian Watson is building here and has the talents to have a big impact on the second half of the season as we look to keep our place in the top four.”

The short statement from the Eels regarding Hasson’s release was as follows:

“Parramatta Eels have released James Hasson, effective immediately.

The English-born prop forward made his NRL debut for Manly in 2013, before joining Parramatta in 2016.

Parramatta Eels thank James for his contribution to our Club and wish him all the best for the future.”

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