Stephen Wild: Salford City Reds optimistic under new owner

Skipper Stephen Wild believes Salford City Reds can finally begin to fulfil their potential under their new owner.

Dr Marwan Koukash completed his takeover on 31 January, 24 hours before the Reds were beaten 42-0 by Wigan in their opening Super League fixture.

"There's a real buzz around Salford," Wild told BBC Radio Manchester.

"All I can ask if for the fans to stick by us for the next few weeks and months until we do gel as a team and do get some players to build our squad."

He continued: "The future's bright and hopefully we can start fulfilling that potential that everybody's talked about over the years. It's onwards and upwards for us."

Salford's future was in doubt at numerous points during the off-season because of the club's ongoing financial problems.

Salford City Reds

Salford lost 42-0 to Wigan on Friday evening

However, the arrival of ambitious Koukash, who has an impressive sporting background in horse racing, has significantly raised expectations.

Head coach Phil Veivers had been forced to work with an under-strength squad in pre-season, but was able to confirm several new signings prior to Friday's game, including former Hull and Castleford back Ryan McGoldrick.

The versatile Australian, who made his debut for the Reds against the Warriors, is also confident the team will improve as the season progresses.

"The playing group is a really good group," he said. "For them to stay positive throughout this whole time is a credit to them.

"Now it's a matter of putting it behind us and starting to take control of our own destiny.

"You can only play the cards that you're dealt. We've been dealt some pretty ordinary ones, but it's all about turning them into a positive."