Koukash hopeful marquee ruling could finally go through

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash hopes that his long-awaited plans for a marquee player ruling to be introduced into Super League can finally come to fruition today at the fourth time of asking.

Three previous proposals for the ruling, which would allow clubs to introduce a marquee player for 2016, have been rejected, but it is believed that today could be the day the rule is brought in.

And although Koukash has put his focus on producing home-grown players at Salford, he still believes the game would benefit from the ruling despite his own personal views.

“I am still in favour of it,” Koukash told Press Association Sport. “Even if the time is not right for Salford, the time is right for it to be introduced into the sport and I think there is enough support for it to go through.

“My priorities have shifted but, if the right marquee player became available, we would look at it.”

However, at least four clubs are believed to be against the ruling – but only a basic 7-5 majority is needed for the rule to be pushed through at today’s AGM.