Super League: Wigan's Josh Charnley says Marwan Koukash is good for the game
Last Updated: 14/03/14 2:13pm
Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley have revealed he is a massive fan of Salford Red Devils’ charismatic owner Marwan Koukash, saying he is good for Super League.
Koukash is keen to introduce a ‘marquee signing’ to the league whereby a club can bring in a world-class player and his wages would not count against the salary cap.
Charnley likes how the millionaire racehorse owner speaks his mind and the ideas and innovation he is attempting to bring to the game in a bid to wider its audience.
Ironically the Koukash empire could be set to expand in Super League as Marwan’s wife attempt to secure a takeover of fallen giants Bradford Bulls from their administrators.
“Please give Marwan Koukash what he wants...” Charnley told the Manchester Evening News in his weekly column.
“He is absolutely brilliant for rugby league and his call for every Super League club to have a marquee signing exempt from the salary cap is a cracking idea.
“Bring it on I say - make it happen soon. It really would be brilliant and give our game a massive shot in the arm. I am certainly all for it. I really like the way the Salford Red Devils owner tells it how he sees it.
“We have to listen to him because he can make things happen. I don’t know Marwan but it’s clear he is a real character with great vision. This is what our game needs.
Here is a man who is clearly intent on bringing world class players into the game. What’s wrong with that? Nothing at all and good on him for being so bold.
Charnley on Koukash
“Here is a man who is clearly intent on bringing world class players into the game. What’s wrong with that? Nothing at all and good on him for being so bold.
“We as a sport have to be progressive. He has been great since he became involved in rugby league. This scheme for a marquee exemption would not only benefit a buying club.
“Fans throughout Super League will turn out to see the top players in action. We saw this at the World Cup. Koukash is making people sit up and take note of rugby league. I like his style.”
Meanwhile, it has been an indifferent start to the campaign for Charnley after he was dropped for their home win over Wakefield following a below-par showing in the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters.
Charnley returned to the fold for last weekend’s defeat at Castleford Tigers and he had admitted that he is someway off being 100 per cent following close-season surgery.
“I still feel somewhat unfit and am struggling a bit after undergoing surgery for a hernia in my groin during the off season,” he continued. “I would have liked four games before the start and am playing catch-up.
“Nothing has changed inside Wigan. Shaun Wane the coach is still driving me on and I will keep on trying to give him everything I have got.
“I am only 22 and there is a lot of learning for me to still do. I have a lot of respect for Shaun, he is a good coach.”