Koukash: “We are heading in the right direction”

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash has described the Red Devils’ recent transformation as “quite remarkable”.

After a slow and disappointing start to the season, the Red Devils are finally starting to gel as a team and the introductions of Kevin Locke and Mason Caton-Brown have seen them pick up impressive victories – including a convincing win over Huddersfield Giants –  and challenge the league’s best teams.

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“I just hope we perform as well against Wigan as we did against Leeds,” Koukash told the MEN.

“We showed we are heading the right direction. The transformation in our team is quite remarkable. In a very short space of time we have gone from being one of the slowest and most predictable teams to one of the slickest.

“Iestyn Harris said things would take time when he became coach and this has been the case. We have brought in new players, given youngsters their chance and have seen improvement.

“Iestyn has done well and he works hard. The players have responded. The atmosphere was incredible against Leeds – the best I have known it since becoming involved in rugby league. Both teams and supporters really rocked the place and this is what we want.”

Salford go into the game four points off the top eight.

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“We are still in there challenging. To make the top eight is going to be tough but it is not impossible,” said Koukash.

“We could easily have had more points in the bag. Many things have pleased me this season. Junior Sa’u has been outstanding and will get better.

“I expect him to really shine next season when he has a season under his belt.”

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