It is the case two of HKR's best players Dobson and Paterson have been suggested, as have Hauraki at Castleford once Chase leaves.
Who may become available at Widnes if SOC has had enough is another question.
I'm not so sure Noble will just rush in with large transfer fees as much as Dr. MK talks big money, but there will probably be elements of a transfer fee.
I note your comment "Balance the books for a year or two" and take that to mean balance the books until the end of the licence period?
The problem with the struggling clubs (who may also know there's writing on the wall for them) offloading too quickly is there's a full season to go next year, and the ability to compete will be badly depleted if they sell their stars now.
The further effect is seen at Castleford who have openly put Chase up for sale agreed to Clark leaving and posted no hands off warnings on Thompson and Hauraki who are seemingly free to go. That has, it was reported, led to the other Cas players "considering their future".
Noble will do what's best for salford of course. Worry is that SL 2014 could have some serious and maybe embarrassing competitiveness problems for several clubs next year as they await the likelihood of the chop.
Nope - you read too much into things and automatically try and relate things back to licensing - not unlike Lobby with P&R (see the England Supporter's Club thread!).
Steve O'Connor has not stated that he will stop financially investing in Widnes, he is looking for more people to come on board and create a more sustainable club and BOD - which all makes sense. James Rule pretty much stated that SOC will continue to invest.
On the point about balancing the books, I mean just that. It is not unusual for clubs to lose £100-200k per year, so if they can get a large transfer fee then it helps financially - this has always been the case and is probably more so in the current financial climate - I don;t see this as anything to do with the licensing period. Money talks and always has.