Betfred Championship: Plenty of clubs will be targeting promotion, believes Featherstone Rovers chief James Webster

Promotion to Super League could be the target for up to eight teams in the Championship this year, believes Featherstone Rovers chief James Webster.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 6:30 am
The Betfred Championship is set to be as competitive as ever. PIC: Simon Wilkinson/

Featherstone came within 80 minutes of earning promotion to Super League last season but the race for the top flight looks set to be even tighter in 2020.

Rovers won three consecutive away games in the Championship play-offs before being defeated in the Grand Final by Toronto Wolfpack. That was under previous coach Ryan Carr, but

Webster believes this year’s competition will prove even more competitive.

Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster. PIC: Dec Hayes.

“I think it is a goal for seven or eight teams this year,” said Webster.

“It is a really tight competition and there are some really strong full-time clubs.

“It is important to realise that ever since I have been in England, no part-time team has been promoted, they have always been full-time sides.

“So if you look at it, London Broncos, Leigh and Toulouse have a massive advantage over everyone else.”

However, despite conceding that the division’s full-time sides will have an advantage over the more competitive part-time teams, Webster feels that a few sides could spring a surprise this season.

He added: “Teams like York, Bradford, Widnes and Halifax, they are all going to be really competitive sides.

“And I think there will be a few surprises this year.”

Webster was delighted with Rovers display in their recent 102-14 win over Valencia Huracanes, and said: “It was a good trip, the weather was really good.

“The game was a good chance for us to get together in a different setting. We trained really well the day before. We had a full session for the first time other than a quick 30 minutes before we played York.”