Didn't know that, Pottsy. I know it sounds bad - "tapped up" - but don't you think that sort of thing happens all the time? "You ever thought of playing for us, mate? We've got a great set-up." Over a drink in the bar, it doesn't seem unreasonable. It could even be the other way round. "How are you lot fixed for half-backs?" "Joe Bloggs is off at the end of the season, there could be a space. Why? Are you interested?"
If it was genuinely a case of 'tapping up', ("You're a good half-back. Why don't you you leave that sinking ship and join us?") then it was wrong. But it would be impossible to prove.
Still, thanks for your input. As I said, I wasn't aware of that.
JW apparently made the claim at the Save Our Salford meeting at PE Pendleton Church. He also apparently made similar claims about Holdsworth being unsettled by the residents of "Ramsey Street" before his move to Hull.