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Salford City Reds’ Dr Marwan Koukash wants ‘level playing field’ with Down Under by raising salary cap

By Mark Shales

The Super League salary cap needs to be raised if English clubs are to compete with their Australian counterparts, according to Salford City Reds owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

The Reds travel to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow – their first match under interim boss Alan Hunte, following last week’s sacking of Phil Veivers.

Dr Koukash is determined to attract high profile names to the Salford City Stadium but fears his ambitions may be restricted by the limit on player wages.

“How could the World Club Challenge be a fair contest when you’ve got Melbourne operating with a £3.5m cap and you’ve got Leeds operating on a £1.8m cap,” he told Sky Sports.

“That’s not fair – if we are serious about raising the profile of rugby league, which is massively under marketed, somebody up there who runs the sport needs to start considering creating a level playing field.

“We need to start looking at ways we can raise the salary cap – if I want to recruit the best player in rugby league, I should be allowed to do so.

“It’s not just Salford that would be able to do it, there’s a number of other teams that could do it and all of a sudden you start putting bums on seats and you raise the profile of the game.”

Salford currently sit rooted to the foot of Super League following last week’s humiliating 38-4 home defeat at the hands of London Broncos.

Although Dr Koukash failed to bring Man of Steel Sam Tomkins to Salford, ex-Huddersfield Giants forward Jon Molly signed a three-year deal with the Reds this week.

The 21-year-old is currently out of action through injury but is confident of making his Salford debut within a few weeks.

“This is an exciting club going places and I am happy to be a part of the future here,” he told his club’s website.

“I’m about three weeks away from fitness and raring to go.”

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