As the wait for official confirmation on the pending takeover continues, Salford City Reds coach Phil Veivers is left with one primary option – and that is the likelihood that he will have to play youngsters in the club’s upcoming clash against Wigan, a move he is prepared to make.
With 8 players leaving the club last year and a changing of the guard all but likely, Veivers has experienced players lined up to join the club but he cannot go ahead and sign them, until Dr Marwan Koukash officially takes over.
Koukash, who is a millionaire racehorse owner, made a firm pledge to make funds available immediately as paperwork continues to stall the deal, one expected to be finalised by the middle of the week.
â€œIâ€™m still waiting to see what happens this week,â€ said Veivers.
â€œYou can only play the cards you are dealt. At this moment in time Iâ€™ve got to prepare with what Iâ€™ve got.â€
With veteran prop Martin Gleeson just one player that Veivers will likely bring in, the delays with the takeover, mean that the club may not be able to field a side that Veivers believes is competitive, for quite some time.
â€œIâ€™ve probably lost a couple of them now because of how late itâ€™s gone, but the ones that are still there and available are in pretty good shape at the moment,â€ he said.
â€œBut fans will have to be patient. If youâ€™re going to put new bodies in there, itâ€™s going to take time a team time to gel.
â€œAnd, if they are in Australia, they canâ€™t train with us and thereâ€™s a timescale between signing and getting visas and work permits and so on.â€
After an off-season that saw many changes and brought about a score of uncertainty, Salford captain Stephen Wilde says the team is just keen to get out there and play.
â€œUntil we actually see itâ€™s signed, weâ€™re still a bit wary as players because weâ€™ve been here before,â€ he said.
â€œWe just want to get out on the field now. I think itâ€™s come at the right time for us.
â€œItâ€™s gone from a tricky off season where we didnâ€™t even know if we are going to have a club and now we play Wigan on Friday. The boys are keen to get started and start building for the future.
â€œItâ€™s been awkward, but the boys have stuck together through it.â€