Salford coach Phil Veivers admits he will probably have to field an inexperienced team in Friday's Super League opener against Wigan.
Veivers has a number of new players lined up to plug the gaps created by the departure of eight members of last year's squad but he cannot go ahead with the signings until Dr Marwan Koukash finalises his buy-out.
"I'm still waiting to see what happens this week," said Veivers.
"You can only play the cards you are dealt. At this moment in time I've got to prepare with what I've got."
Veivers says the delays are already proving costly and believes it could be weeks or even months before he is able to assemble what he considers to be a competitive team.
"I've probably lost a couple of them now because of how late it's gone but the ones that are still there and available are in pretty good shape at the moment," he said.
"But fans will have to be patient. If you're going to put new bodies in there, it's going to take time a team time to gel.
"And, if they are in Australia, they can't train with us and there's a timescale between signing and getting visas and work permits and so on."