SLATER’S IN SALFORD’S SIGHTS

By Rocco Luca
April 13, 2014

BILLY Slater’s love for horse racing may sway him to finish his glittering career with cashed-up English outfit Salford, according to their ambitious owner.

Outspoken chairman Dr Marwan Koukash is a racehorse owner and claims to have talked with Slater about their mutual passion.

Willing to spend big dollars to turn the minnows into an English heavyweights, he has earmarked the Storm No.1 as a target and is “hopeful” of winning his signature.

“I hope he will be one of our future players,” Koukash says. “He shares a passion with me for racing; he loves his racing. I’ve met him on a couple of occasions and I’m quite hopeful and optimistic we will see Billy in a Red Devils shirt in the future.”

Koukash also claims Sonny Bill Williams would have stayed in league had the English competition adapted his plan for a marquee system, allowing one player’s wages to be exempt from the salary cap. He was willing to pay the rugby-bound star more than £900,000 ($1.62m) a year.

“If we had an allowance, Sonny would have been on board,” he told Sky Sports UK. “There is a cap of £1.8m — in order to bring in a star like Sonny, you need to talk about paying them more than half of that cap.”

— PHIL WILKINSON