Koukash still after Sonny Bill and Slater

Great Britain legend Alex Murphy has added his voice to Dr Marwan Koukash’s campaign to lift the Super League salary cap for clubs looking to sign big-name players.

The Salford Red Devils owner, a successful businessman and racehorse owner, told the Sydney Morning Herald he is still interested in bringing Sonny Bill Williams to the AJ Bell stadium and added Australian full-back Billy Slater to his list of potential new recruits.

To afford the £1m-plus price tags for the world-class duo, Koukash is leading a push to introduce a marquee player allowance in Super League and the idea is believed to have been discussed at an informal meeting of club bosses.

Murphy, who won the 1971 Lance Todd trophy, is right behind it. He said: “It makes sense and should be allowed to happen.

“We certainly need to see the top players in our game and we also want a very highly competitive Super League right across the board.”

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