Ian Watson believes a mini pre-season may be in order whenever Super League does get the green light for a return to action.

The Salford Red Devils players have been given training programmes to keep them going during the current coronavirus lockdown.

While they are training at home, Watson is in contact with his squad and coaching staff on a daily basis, their last outing having been the fine come-from-behind win against Wigan on March 13.

In terms of player welfare the head coach believes it would likely be too much just to expect players to jump straight back into competitive action, something which admittedly does not look likely for the foreseeable future.

"I think it would be important for the players more than anything," said Watson.

"The running and the fitness you can do and you can do a bit of lifting if you’ve got weights.

"But it’s the timing with each other, it’s the contact that you miss out on.

"Most people’s bodies will be feeling great right now because they’ve not had contact for a few weeks but as soon as they do it again they’ll be really sore.

"I’m not sure how you work it out and I’m sure we’ll be guided on it but it might be that a mini pre-season is needed just so people get back to taking the knocks and the intensity of the game.

"If you throw people straight out there to play then you could be risking potential injury."

Rugby league in England is currently suspended indefinitely.