Marwan Koukash is prepared to shift to Australia to realise his dream of owning an NRL club, claiming he can help transform rugby league into a truly international game.
Koukash owns the Salford Red Devils, saving them from financial ruin, and is keen to add an Australian club to his portfolio. The British billionaire has been linked to Newcastle but refused to confirm which NRL clubs he is negotiating with.
The man whose net worth is estimated at $3 billion revealed he is in negotiations to stage a nines tournament, featuring NRL and Super League clubs, in Dubai. However, his priority is to take a stake of an Australian franchise, preferably as a sole owner.
"There are plenty of advantages in being involved on both sides of the world. It would help to globalise the sport," Koukash said from Dubai.
"My family absolutely adore being in Australia. We did start talking about the possibility of moving over to Australia," he said.
"Some people say I'm more Australian than Australians. I love it, that way of life suits me very well.
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He certainly grabs the medias attention.
Edited by boxhead, 20 July 2014 - 05:15 AM.