Owner Marwan Koukash has revealed shock plans to ignore salary cap rules to turn Salford into a Super League power.But the impatient City Reds’ chief claims his regulation-bending proposals are already employed by big-spending rivals.Koukash’s outburst has put him on a collision course with RL bosses, working on a radical overhaul of the sport after the licensing period ends at the end of 2014.Wigan were docked four points and the last team punished for salary cap overspend violations in 2007.Salford have never spent up to the £1.8 million limit, and Koukash claimed: “Even spending the full cap will not give me a sporting chance of a trophy.“So I will spend over it and re-create what three or four other clubs have been doing.”
MARWAN KOUKASH has vowed to break Super League’s salary cap next season to make Salford competitive.That means any new players’ wives could be in for a pay day.
The City Reds owner’s plea for a dispensation to spend up to £400,000 above the £1.8million a year to make his side competitive was turned down by the RFL.
So he has amazingly admitted he is prepared to disregard the rules, claiming other clubs are already in breach.
Dr Koukash said: “I will spend over the cap as I’ll just recreate what other clubs have been doing.
"Hopefully I’ll be able to find jobs for the wives.
“People are doing it already, three or four clubs do it already so I’ll look at their inventive ways.
“Say I sign a player for £150,000 I’ll pay him £100,000 and his wife £50,000. Is that what the sport wants? Because if it is, that’s what we’ll do.
“It doesn’t interest me, just taking part. I need to win.
“I’ve come in thinking, ’If I spend the full cap I’ll have a sporting chance of landing a trophy or two’.
"But really when you sit down and think, ’What sort of team can you build with the £1.8m cap?’ and it’s not much.”
Koukash admits he hopes to have two major signings sealed for the City Reds in the next two weeks.
Hull KR’s Michael Dobson and Cory Paterson are firmly in their sights.
But his woes over the salary cap rumble on and he believes it is putting off potential investors as rugby league continues to restrict itself.
He added: “With the way it’s being operated now, it’s keeping a lid on its growth, we’re not allowing it to grow.
"The sport itself is massively under-marketed and undersold.
“There are a lot of Marwans out there who are willing to invest but let’s send the right message to them.
“If you’re willing to invest in the sport, you have a chance of winning trophies and competing.
“What’s the fun for me if I spend the full cap, which I’m close to this year already, and you still go to places like Wigan and get hammered like we did?
“There are other people, from the Middle East and so on, who are looking at investing.
"But for some reason the people who are involved want to keep it the way it is. They seem to be in a comfort zone.
“Fresh investors will no doubt raise the level of interest in the sport then all of a sudden you’ll have a scenario where clubs could bring in the best players in the world.
“People who say don’t increase the cap because it might ruin the sport have negative, defeatist attitudes.“It’s totally the opposite. The way things are, over the next 18 months, we’ll probably lose two or three clubs. How good is that?”