Tearful Hastings thrilled to defy the critics

A tearful Jackson Hastings expressed his joy at defying the critics he says laughed at and ridiculed Salford’s ambitions at the start of the season.

The half-back produced a star performance to lead the Red Devils to the Grand Final with victory over Wigan tonight.

Hastings told Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks: “We wrote this on a whiteboard at the start of the year what we wanted to do and everyone I told laughed at me.

“We just did it. I honestly don’t know how we did it but we just did it.

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“There’s tears in my eyes, my mum flew over this morning, my two little sisters who I haven’t seen in 12 months, and to come full 360 with my career, I was almost done.

“It’s tears of happiness and I’ve never cried tears of happiness before, but I’m so proud.

“You look at those fans there and that’s just incredible. I’m truly going to miss this.”

Salford meet St Helens at Old Trafford next weekend and Hasting admits it’ll be another huge test.

“Next week’s almost the impossible but we’ll be there with a shot.

“Saints have been the best team all year. They’ve got the best players in the comp, they’ve got one of the best coaches, but we get a chance next week.

“it’s all about self belief and we’re under no illusions about going there.

“Me and Joey [Lussick] spoke about playing at Old Trafford and what a dream it would be, and now we get to do it.

“I’m just so proud of everybody at the club who got laughed at and ridiculed and we get a crack next week.”