NIALL Evalds has addressed reaction to his impending Salford departure in a message to supporters.

The Red Devils’ star man will leave the AJ Bell Stadium at the end of the 2020 season with Castleford Tigers believed to have snapped him up.

Having come through the ranks at the club, Evalds starred as Ian Watson’s side reached the Grand Final in 2019 and was in an initial England party selected by new head coach Shaun Wane in March.

But his future lies elsewhere, the Red Devils issuing a statement saying they were “extremely disappointed” at his departure, twice believing they had successfully concluded negotiations with the full-back.

Now Evalds, represented by former Salford head coach Iestyn Harris, has responded and addressed some of messages he has been sent on social media.

“This was never the way I expected things to go down. I wish I was able to make a comment sooner, it’s been a difficult couple of days but it wouldn’t sit right if I couldn’t say thank you,” he posted on social media.

“Thank you firstly to the fans, I’ve been at the club since I was 15 and I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of you personally. These 12 years have gone by so quickly and I’m so grateful.

“I’m grateful for my team-mates past and present, the coaching staff, physios, conditioners, Dennis my sponsor, Steve and my family.

“My whole career so far I’ve lived and breathed Salford, starting at the Willows, breaking the club’s all-time Super League try scoring record and last year getting to the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

“I’ve made the decision to leave the club at the end of the season and start a new chapter in my career. I know many of you won’t be happy with my decision but it’s one I didn’t take lightly.

“There has been a lot said about me over the last few days, but I don’t want that to tarnish the many happy memories we’ve shared.

 “Much of the stuff said has been an inaccurate version of events and one day I will share my side of the story, but for now I want nothing to distract me and my teammates from achieving our goals when eventually we are back playing.

“As always I will continue to give everything for this club and the fans until the last match I play for Salford.

“I hope we get to say goodbye to each other at the AJ Bell and you show me and my family the support you’ve continuously shown us over the years. I will always be a Salford fan and wish the club nothing but success for the future.

“Thank you to the many Salford fans who’ve sent supportive messages, however to those not so kind please be respectful that my partner and family can read what has been said about me. Words hurt. Mental health is real.

“I also want to add that this is a decision I made by myself, agents are there to guide players and ultimately the decision was mine and mine alone.”

“Once again I’d like to thank you all and hope everyone is safe and well in these difficult times. Now let’s all get behind finishing the season as best we can together and get the AJ Bell Stadium rocking."