Super League: Salford owner Marwan Koukash eyes a top four place
Salford owner Marwan Koukash is aiming for a Super League top four spot.
Last Updated: 29/01/14 7:12pm
The millionaire racehorse owner, who has ploughed over £1m of his own money into last year's wooden spoonists, has set his sights high for the 2014 season.
Head coach Brian Noble and his new-look squad returned from a 10-day training camp in South Africa and Koukash wants them prepared for their opening game against Wakefield at the A J Bell Stadium on February 16.
"I'd be delighted with the top four and disappointed if we're not in the top six," Koukash said.
"When you are in the top four, you have an outstanding chance to compete for a trophy.
"It would be a wonderful achievement if we could do that. I'm not aware of any British sports team to finish last one season and to win the trophy the following season. That would make the players absolute legends."
Koukash took over the struggling club 12 months ago and an influx of 14 new faces, including internationals Harrison Hansen, Adrian Morley and Rangi Chase, has given him genuine optimism.
"This team can compete with anybody," Koukash said. "Gone are the days when you played the likes of Wigan and you hoped they weren't going to beat you by more than 40 or 50 points."
"I know I've convinced our fans. I talk to our fans more than any other chairman talks to theirs. I socialise with them.
"I'm fully committed for the long term - I'm not here today, gone tomorrow - I've invested in the team and I am determined to succeed."
Salford have sold just 3,000 season tickets for the new season, which Koukash says is disappointing but understandable.
"They are increasing all the time," he said. "They are more than 300 per cent up on last year.
"There will be an awful lot of fans coming for the Wakefield game and hopefully we will be able to retain them.
"There will be a lot going on around the game. We'll have the Red Devils parachuting into the stadium and other entertainments lined up to attract new people who are watching rugby for the first time."