Koukash hails Sheens’ impact

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Salford owner Marwan Koukash has hailed the impact made on the Super League club by Australia coach Tim Sheens.

The 64-year-old Sheens has spent the last fortnight acting in an advisory capacity with the Red Devils as Koukash looks to turn the struggling outfit into a team of champions.

Iestyn Harris’ men have taken three points out of a possible four since the arrival of Sheens but Koukash believes his legacy will be there long after his return to Australia after next Friday’s game at Castleford.

“We have all benefited from Tim being here,” Koukash told Press Association Sport . “Everybody, from chief executive Martin Vickers to assistant coach Ian Watson, we have all gained from his experience.

“I have picked up a huge amount of ideas about what we are missing and what we can do to take the club forward.

“We’ve talked about the type of players we should be signing, especially when the marquee player allowance comes in.

“He is very passionate about the game and his knowledge is absolutely incredible. He has a vision for the sport for the next 10 years.”

Sheens, who has agreed a new 12-month contract with the Australia Rugby League to continue as national coach for a seventh season, will be in the stands on Sunday when Salford take on Wakefield.

Meanwhile, Koukash says he has “no issues” over a video posted on social media showing Salford full-back Kevin Locke dancing topless in the streets of Barcelona.

Locke, who has been dogged by injury since joining the Red Devils from New Zealand Warriors last summer, took to social media to defend himself after being criticised for joining in a street protest as the team prepared to return from their Super League match against Catalans Dragons last weekend, tweeting “nothing wrong, just having fun”.

The incident came amid further speculation over the future of 25-year-old Kiwi international, who was given permission to talk to the Scottish Rugby Union about a switch of codes but Koukash was able to seen the funny side.

“The video showed he has some fat around the belly that he needs to lose,” Koukash said. “Other than that, I have no issue with it.

“What concerned me was that I didn’t want him to risk further injury to his groin but it demonstrated that there is nothing wrong with him. Mentally and physically, he looks in a good place.

“He now needs to knuckle down and show what he can do. We invested a large amount of money in Kevin and we still have faith in him to reproduce his NRL form.

“If he does that, he is one of the best players in the competition. It is all down to him now.

“I promised the fans a world-class player and I need him to start delivering.”

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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