FEATHERSTONE Rovers skipper Stuart Dickens believes this year’s Co-operative Championship will be the most competitive yet.
Rovers start their campaign with a trip to Leigh Centurions on Thursday, March 10.
Said Dickens: “It’s going to be very tough this year.
“We only lost two league games last year and I think for any team to go anywhere near that this year is going to take a massive effort.
“We’re certainly not expecting that to be the case again this year. We know it’s going to be a lot tougher.
“We lost to Widnes at the weekend so we know how tough they’re going to be. But you’ve also got Leigh, Barrow, Halifax, so don’t think it’s going to be a one or two-horse race by any stretch of the imagination.
“The competition has got stronger and stronger every year. York got promoted and they gave us a real run for our money a couple of weeks ago.
“There are not going to be any whipping boys so you’ll have to be on your game every week or you will get beaten.”
Meanwhile, the RFL have launched a kids-go-free initiative that will allow children under 16 to attend Co-operative Championship and Championship One games during the school holidays free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.
The scheme will operate during the Easter and spring bank holiday weekends as well as the summer holidays, taking in rounds five, 10, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the competition.