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.
I am an oil trader and successful at that but, but marketing, finance, business management, human resources etc are not my strengths
David Hughes to Ian Lenagan Page 134 - A Pastel Revolution - Fletcher and Gordas - 2006
Being an outsider, it is easiest to see what is wrong with the sport. It's a fantastic sport that has been undersold and under-marketed because people who run it probably want to keep it the way it is
Dr Marwan Koukash to Joanthan Lieu. Sunday Telegraph 9th March 2014