Championship deserves higher profile says Leigh boss

Leigh's Liam Kay scores against North Wales. Photo by Brian King.
Leigh's Liam Kay scores against North Wales. Photo by Brian King.
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A LACK of Championship coverage has created an “ignorance” of how good the league is says Leigh boss Paul Rowley.

While some people expressed shock at recent results such as Doncaster beating Featherstone and Rochdale edging out Batley, they were no surprise to Rowley.

“I think some people are guilty of being ignorant to the quality of our competition,” said Rowley. “No team has a divine right to beat anyone else - those days are gone.

“With teams having dual registration players you genuinely don’t know who is going to turn out one week to the next. As a coach you review games on DVD but there are so many variables week to week with regards to personnel and the availability of dual registration players.

“Fans may have been surprised by Doncaster’s win but I wasn’t. I said from the start that Doncaster were going to be one of the teams to watch in 2014 along with teams like Workington and Dewsbury. It’s not all about Sheffield, Featherstone, Halifax and Leigh anymore.

“But because there isn’t the coverage like we have enjoyed on Premier Sports in recent seasons, fans aren’t aware of how good other teams are like they used to be.

“If you’re not in Super League, your profile is nothing. So many people are oblivious to talent outside their own environment.

“As a club we work really hard to raise our profile by being pro-active. Players are out and about in the town for promotions and appearances and the fans respond to us. They can see what we’re trying to do.”