Salford have announced the signing of Hull KR full-back Greg Eden on a month’s loan and chairman Marwan Koukash is hoping to follow it up with the capture of at least one big-name overseas player.
The Red Devils owner says he is in talks with two high-profile players based Down Under and is confident of completing the signing of at least one of them by Monday morning.
Koukash has recently spoken about his desire to bring former New Zealand stand-off Benji Marshall to Super League and the Red Devils are also being linked with full-back Kevin Locke, who played for the Kiwis in the World Cup but has lost the No 1 jersey at the Warriors to Sam Tomkins.
Marshall this week secured a release from his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union after failing to settle at the Auckland Blues and his agent is currently negotiating a return to the NRL.
If Marshall cannot secure a new club for 2014, that could pave the way for a short-term stint in Super League, along the lines of Jamie Soward’s three-month spell at London Broncos last year, although Salford would have to make room under the salary cap to accommodate him.
Meanwhile, Eden, 23, is set to make his Red Devils debut in tomorrow’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Widnes at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The former Castleford and Huddersfield full-back, who was famously dubbed “the British Billy Slater” by former Giants coach Nathan Brown, completed his move on Friday and has been named in coach Iestyn Harris’s 19-man squad. He is eligible after missing Rovers’ fourth-round tie against Warrington.
Eden lost his place at Hull KR after breaking his toe at Wigan in March and, after Ben Cockayne kept the full-back spot, he played for Championship One club Gateshead on a dual-registration. Under the terms of the loan deal, Eden will not be permitted to play against his parent club on May 10.