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Featherstone chairman fires shots at Castleford and Wakefield

Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell has long been known for his uncompromising nature and ability to ruffle feathers.

Well, his latest comments on Rugby League Hub will do just that.

His desire for Rovers has always been ‘Destination Super League’, with the ‘Fevolution’ taking hold a few years ago.

But now, Featherstone are in a great place from which to launch their top-flight attack.

“The desire to reach Super League has been there since I got involved 15 years ago – the goal was always to get to Super League,” Campbell told Long Reads.

“When I first came on board, there was certain criteria we need to meet over stadia so we have improved the ground and now it’s the best in the area – far better than Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity.

“We own our stadium as well, and the 20 acres around it, so we have continually grown our off-field business to maximise our revenues and every penny that is made here is ours.

“The end goal has always been to drive our revenues and have a team that was challenging on the field, which we have done for the past 12 or 13 years.

“We won the league four years running when it was a franchise system to get into Super League but we didn’t get picked.”

Campbell feels that his club should have been promoted when Toronto lost their place in the first-tier.

“I thought we were the next taxi on the rank last year when Toronto Wolfpack withdrew and I was disappointed when that didn’t happen.

“Would we have been better prepared than Leigh? It’s hard to say because Leigh were already full-time. But I don’t think that being full-time is as critical as people make out it to be.

“We’ve played against lots of full-time teams and have finished games stronger than they have.

“I don’t think being full-time gives you an advantage in one-off games, although it probably does over a period of time.

“You just have a bigger squad. I thought with our contacts in Australia that we would have got six top-notch Aussies added to what we already had.”

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