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Salford look to have won Chase
England internationals Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock are expected to be among the big names unveiled as part of the Red Revolution in Salford.
The City Reds are preparing to launch a new era at the Salford City Stadium which will include a re-branding as the Red Devils and the formation of a new-look team designed to challenge for Super League honours.
Owner Marwan Koukash and coach Brian Noble are set to confirm up to a dozen new faces, led by 2011 Man of Steel Chase and Wigan second rower Hock, who has pulled out of a proposed move to Australia.
Salford have confirmed only three signings so far - that of Warrington prop Adrian Morley, Melbourne centre Junior Sa'u and St Helens winger Francis Meli - but other sources have revealed that New Zealand Warriors forward Steve Rapira and Wakefield's Australian scrum-half Tim Smith are also on board for 2014 and beyond.
The Reds have also been linked with Saints forward Tony Puletua, London Broncos hooker Tommy Lee and Batley duo Jason Walton and Greg Johnson.
Koukash will be expected at Thursday's press conference to explain how he can accommodate his big-name recruits within the £1.7million salary cap.
Club captain Martin Gleeson and French half-back Theo Fages are due to attend the launch and, therefore, will be among the handful of players staying on at the Salford City Stadium.
Centre Ashley Gibson has secured a move to Castleford, full-back or stand-off Lee Gaskell is going to Bradford and prop Jordan James is joining Wigan's coaching staff.
In addition, winger Jodie Broughton is thought to have agreed a deal with Huddersfield and stand-off Marc Sneyd is poised to move to Castleford as part of the Chase deal.
Castleford issued a statement confirming that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Chase, who officially asked for a move a fortnight ago.
The Tigers declined to name the club involved but one of rugby league's worst-kept secrets will be revealed when Chase is officially unveiled as a Salford player.
Koukash, a successful racehorse owner, will then make the short dash to Haydock Park to watch his horse named Rangi Chase run in the Betfred Red Devils Foundation Maiden Stakes at 2pm.