For former Hull FC, Warrington Wolves and Wakefield Trinity winger Tom Lineham, dropping down to the Championship with Featherstone Rovers has been an ‘eye-opening’ experience.
That’s not because of the quality or the club environment, but it’s because of the interaction with some of his Featherstone teammates is unlike anything he has ever been a part of.
Whilst first-placed Leigh Centurions are a full-time squad, Featherstone are what is known as a hybrid squad – some of those are full-time whilst others are part-time, meaning that they often go to training after a hard day’s work.
For Lineham, that is something that has taken him time to get his head around.
“I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s a very ambitious club and they want that goal of Super League,” Lineham told Rovers TV.
“It’s about the journey and I’ve been here three or four weeks now and there are lot of great experienced players and some good young ones too.
“It’s been a bit eye-opening with some guys forming the hybrid group who are a full-time and then you’ve got other lads who have soot on their face because they’ve been on a roof all day.”
Of course, working under former Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott is always going to be an experience and Lineham has not been disappointed so far, being a part of the squad led by the most successful Super League head coach in history.
“I’m enjoying working with Brian – I had heard a lot of stories about him (before I joined) and I love working with different coaches and characters.
“No matter how old you are, you’re still learning and if you are mixing with player and coaches who have been there and done that it’s good to be here and it can only make you better asa a player and a person.”