Could the offer really be that good though?
I am presuming the owner hasn't just decided to set his own salary cap, so how on Earth do they have loads of money left under the cap limit after signing all those players?
well i know 100% that (edited by CKN: the rest of this has been deleted)
Two responses :-
A year ago Salford were dead & buried , the response from most other SL clubs was to get shopping - Wigan had already took Matty Smith , Hull & Leeds & Bradford swiftly following, relieving us of our key players.
On a fans level Salfords impending demise wasn't met with the same outcry & rallying that Bradfords trials initiated . we were pretty much staring down the barrel of a gun. We knew where we stood in the SL pecking order > Crusaders < Wakefield .
Then from leftfield in walks Marwan, a more bizzare saviour we couldn't imagine. not a subtle character , but in 11 months has effected more change in the club than my memory of supporting the club for decades. not just Playing staff but at management & Backroom level. From a press perspective he has raised the profile of the club -single handed in Both UK & AUS. the signings aren't exactly Grand Final worrying material but capable of at least giving most teams a run for their money .
You'd expect this back-from the grave story to have illicited a more positive response , but we seem to have attracted more than our fair share of flak , why ? beacuse we've signed some players & our owner is ' foreign ' and brash ?? I'm not sure if the reaction is actually not 'how did you' ( under the salary ) , but more of ' How Dare you ' . Honestly we're not ' cocky ' we're just relieved & hopeful , after decades of mediocraty at least allow us a season or two before the knives are sharpened ..
ie - cut us a bit of slack will you ..
"The Rugby League world is closely scrutinising everything that Marwan Koukash is doing here, it is exciting times and we are determined to be in the best possible shape for the kick off.”
Quote from New CEO Martin Vickers ,
Salford have already been hit with an unprecedented fine & points deduction for on field matters .
The RFL co-opted Niel Wood into the club to monitor day to day stuff.
because of Marwan's vocal opposition of the current salary cap arrangement & proposal of a marquee player rule . we will have to be more ' above board ' any most other clubs .
the early ' ill judged ' Press from Marwan about the cap back in March April has backfired, he has since gone on record in subsequent months to state we are abiding to the cap .
We only have a squad of 30 & if we were riding roughshod over the salary cap we wouldn't have loaded our team with ' experience ' & fringe NRL players ,
I suspect Hock - Chase -Smith & Hansen will be higher earners , the others will be out to prove themselves or have been drawn in by the chance of one last hurrah .. all this megabucks ' I have on good authority ' stuff I take with a pinch of salt