Eden joins Salford ranks


25th April 2014

Salford Red Devils 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 Salford 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 First Utility 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 number one 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.

"Because of how delicate the situation is, I would rather not mention any names but we are talking to two players," Koukash told Press Association Sport.

"If something is to happen, it needs to happen by Sunday night. I'm confident but you can never be totally confident until people sign on the dotted line."

Koukash, who included England duo Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock among 14 new signings ahead of the 2014 season, made an audacious bid to sign Tomkins before he left Wigan Warriors for the NRL and publicly courted Billy Slater and Sonny Bill Williams during the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Eden, 23, is set to make his Red Devils debut in Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Widnes Vikings at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The former Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants full-back, who was famously dubbed "the British Billy Slater" by former Giants coach Nathan Brown, completed his move today and has been named in coach Iestyn Harris' 19-man squad. He is eligible after missing Rovers' fourth-round tie against Warrington Wolves.

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 when Rovers travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on May 10.

Earlier this week, Salford extended the loan of Wigan hooker Logan Tomkins until the end of the season.