Marwan Koukash: Former Salford Pink Devils proprietor goals to return to rugby league with Leigh

Marwan Koukash and Derek Beaumont
Marwan Koukash (left) and Derek Beaumont had been pals in addition to rival house owners whereas the previous was at Salford

Former Salford proprietor Marwan Koukash is eager to reinvest in rugby league and says he’s hopeful of teaming up with Derek Beaumont at Leigh Centurions.

The businessman and racehorse proprietor handed over management of Salford to a neighborhood belief in 2017, 4 years after stepping in to avoid wasting the membership.

Beaumont owns Tremendous League facet Leigh, starting a second stint there in 2013.

“I miss the involvement in rugby league,” Koukash advised BBC Radio Manchester.

“It is in my blood, I am hooked on it and I might like to get entangled once more. I do know for positive I’ll by no means get entangled with Salford for varied causes.

“However I’ve a particular love for Leigh and perhaps someday I is perhaps becoming a member of Derek [Beaumont].”

Koukash’s time at Salford was a combined bag, as massive sums had been spent however the returns on his funding had been a greatest end of fourth place in Tremendous League and reaching a Problem Cup semi-final.

The Pink Devils had been even 80 minutes away from relegation and solely a outstanding late fightback, capped by Gareth O’Brien’s golden-point drop purpose, in 2016’s Million Pound Recreation stored them within the prime flight.

Star signings resembling New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke, former England enforcer Adrian Morley and maverick half-back Rangi Chase created headlines, however didn’t translate to success.

Rangi Chase.
Rangi Chase scored 15 tries in 42 video games for Salford however they completed tenth and eleventh in his two seasons with the membership

Nonetheless, the Palestine-born millionaire feels he’s older and wiser within the sport, and has discovered from these errors – sufficient to wish to group up with Beaumont.

The pair had been pals in addition to usually verbal sparring companions within the media, and even launched into a charity weight-loss problem in 2017 – which led to a draw.

“Will Derek have me? If Derek can have me, then it is very, very possible. 9 out of 10,” Koukash added.

“The sport is unbelievable, I loved my involvement in rugby league. I’ve not all the time made the proper choices and that is as a result of my inexperience.

“I’ve discovered so much since then, I would like to get again within the sport and I might like to be concerned with Derek.”

Rugby league is at present at a vital level by way of tv rights negotiations and the way forward for the game, with an anticipated downturn in funding from the printed deal which is its largest contribution.

Attracting funding is a problem for all golf equipment, because the central funds look set to shrink over the approaching seasons.

“The vast majority of golf equipment, Tremendous League golf equipment, are wanting on the market for funding,” Koukash continued.

“After I received concerned in rugby league [with Salford] I did not simply come to participate, I invested massive sums of cash.

“And that sort of cash – if I needed to make investments it once more now understanding what I do in regards to the sport, with the expertise and what I discovered, I am positive I might make a really optimistic contribution.

“Many golf equipment have approached me, we have talked about the potential of becoming a member of them. Some are within the Championship and a few are in Tremendous League.

“The door is open for me to affix various golf equipment however I might like to be concerned with Derek [and Leigh].”

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