Bradford Bulls assistant coach Karl Harrison has warned players and fans of the club that promotion to Super League next year is not a certainty and that it’s going to be a task just to qualify for the middle eight.
The former Halifax boss is especially wary of the threats other full-time teams pose.
“Leigh are a very good team and they’re going full-time next season with the same sort of squad – very fast, very big and knowing the competition,” he told the T&A.
“London have kept a lot of the local lads but they have also been smart in signing a number of northern-based players, so they will also be strong in the full-time environment.
“Then you have the likes of Featherstone, Sheffield, Halifax, Batley and Dewsbury, where Glenn Morrison has done a fantastic job and recruited some really good players.
“These teams are going to be strong because they know the division and we cannot underestimate them.
“If anyone think it’s going to be easy they are wrong – it’s going to be far from easy.
“It’s all about hard work, dedication and achieving the ultimate goal of getting us back to where we need to be.
“It’s not going to be a cakewalk but we just need to work harder and be smarter than everyone else.”