Chris Ashton was lost to Union as he was on a paltry £ 30K a season at WW his agent Andy Clarke (Brother of Phil) managed to double his wages at Northampton where he became an England star but was still on a low wage hence the move to mega bucks at Saracens.
Ashton's wages at Northampton were believed to be in the region of £ 180,000, which is 6 x his Wigan Salary. He fell out with his Coach at Northampton so Northampton briefed the press he would be getting £ 250,000 from Saracens and alleged his agent wanted £ 300,000 from Northampton. He may not have the mega bucks some think...
Back on Rugby League, is it not great that the good Doctor has not simply sat back and simply funded Salford's losses as his hobby unlike some... but is actively looking to put the city Reds back on the map. My only reservation about Marwan is that the only winners coming from paper talk about potential signings are player agents as in the previous paragraph. Signing new players is one of those things best done in private. I am sure Nobby has a shopping list of some big and nasty forwards.
Sam Tomkins - Rugby League Week 14.03.12
I was sat on the Underground train, and there was a girl looking at me. She was pretty good looking,too, I thought, "something's wrong here - girls as hot as that don't take an interest in me".
Then she came over and said - in a really strong Cockney acent - "excuse me, are you Sam Tomkins?".
She asked me for my autograph, and I was made up...until she asked me to make it out to her boyfriend. I was gutted, I thought she wanted my number
Benji Marshall discovering about Sydney "fan" loyality (Benji - page 245)
After we were well beaten by South Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2010, a coupl;e of kids maybe eight or nine years old took their Wests Tigers jerseys off as I was walking off the field and threw them at me. "What's this" I said "You can have the jersey" one of them said "we don't go for West Tigers anymore". Then they ran back to their parents who were laughing. That was difficult to take, having kids who look up to you do that. I just dropped the jerseys on the ground and kept walking. It's not like we go out and lose by 50 points on purpose