Ambition is the key word at Featherstone Rovers; and few encapsulate that more than chief executive Martin Vickers.
The former Salford Red Devils and Toronto Wolfpack official has only been in the role since April following the departure of Davide Longo, but Vickers has been eager to highlight that Featherstone are ready to make the signings necessary for Super League.
“We’ve already signed up a lot of our squad for next year and there are agreements in place for whether we are in Super League or the Championship,” Vickers said.
“There is a big seven days if we win where we are dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.
“I had ten Australian agents contact me within five or ten minutes after the Halifax win – we’re a smart bunch led by Mark (Campbell) and we’ve got a lot of contacts, so we would be ready to go.”
Vickers also pointed to the fact that Rovers are a rarity in rugby league at the moment.
“It’s been a huge challenge for us, we’ve had good support from our governing body and government.
“It’s been such a blessing that it’s been our centenary year, as it has created a fresh momentum post-COVID.
“That’s helped the money come from the coffers – it’s as easy as that.
“Our crowds have gone up to an average of 3,000 and we had 4,500 for Toulouse.
“We’ve worked really hard off the field to make sure the centenary year is recognised in the way we have done and winning this would be the icing on the cake for all the toil in that period.”