Exclusive: “I think it’s a bit harsh” – Ed Chamberlain on why newly promoted teams struggle and Featherstone Rovers rivalry

For the top clubs in the Championship, there is one simple aim: to win the league. Promotion is on offer to a number of teams impressing early doors in 2022.

After six games played, the title race is already looking to be a close one. Featherstone, Barrow and Leigh have emerged as early candidates for the top spot after the opening stages, and the stakes are high.

So with high hopes at all three clubs Serious About Rugby League spoke exclusively to current Leigh Centurions and former Salford Red Devils centre Ed Chamberlain about his side’s hopes for the season.

“Featherstone have been at the top of the table for the last couple of years,” Chamberlain said, “So, we’ve got a point to prove from our last game against them, especially with them being unbeaten in the league.”

Chamberlain also spoke about his personal aims for the season and how important it is for him to stay fit: “At the minute, I’m just happy to be playing each and every week, for me it’s about staying injury free and doing my bit for the squad. I’m enjoying playing centre a lot more than other positions.”

He also gave his thoughts on the difficulties faced by newly promoted clubs trying to compete in Super League.

“It’s hard for the teams that get promoted to get enough depth in the squad on a few weeks’ notice. The team that are going up might not find out until the last day of the season and they have a month to get a squad together before pre-season starts, I think it’s a bit harsh.”

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