Brian Noble: Salford City Reds ambition shown by signings

Brian Noble says the announcement of several more new signings on Thursday will signal Salford's intent to become a major force in Super League.

The club have already agreed deals with Adrian Morley, Francis Meli, Junior Sa'u and Steve Rapira for next season.

Wakefield revealed on Saturday they had sold half-back Tim Smith to the Reds. 

"What this week will show is the intention of the club and [owner] Dr Marwan Koukash. He's as ambitious as I am," said head coach Noble.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "There have been some troubled times. He saved the club at the start of the year. Some people have doubted him, his intentions and his sustainability. This week will show he means business for Salford."

Salford are yet to confirm the Smith deal, although he is expected to be one of the new faces unveiled at a media conference on Thursday.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith joined Wakefield in November 2011

Also set to be among the new additions is Castleford's England international Rangi Chase.

The Reds have made their interest clear with two bids for the 27-year-old stand-off during the course of the 2013 season, while Chase submitted a transfer request to the Tigers, who beat Salford 44-30 on Sunday, in August.

In a statement on his club's website, Wakefield chairman Michael Carter said he had accepted a "substantial fee" for Australian Smith, 28, to ease their financial worries.

Wildcats coach Richard Agar said news of Smith's reported departure and the club's financial worries had affected his players before their 40-0 defeat at League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield.

"I sensed a very quiet dressing room before kick-off," said Agar. "It's been a difficult few days to say the least.

"The problems started to emerge two months ago but the true extent of them have come out in the last couple of weeks.

"I still don't think I'm aware of everything but I have a lot of respect for Michael Carter and he'll tell us where we're at.

"I am not afraid of a challenge. It's quite apparent that the club is in a bit of trouble and to get this club surviving is the most important thing."