London Broncos are aiming to bounce straight back up to Super League in 2020, according to captain Will Lovell.
The Broncos were relegated to the Championship on points difference at the end of last season after unexpectedly finding themselves in the top-flight following a shock victory over Toronto in the 2018 Million Pound Game.
Despite that, they gave a good account of themselves, pulling off several big wins over the likes of St Helens, Wigan and Leeds.
And Lovell says that while relegation was certainly disappointing, the club took a lot from their year in the top division.
“It gave us good preparation for where we need to be,” he said. “It’s always a learning experience to test yourself against the best and it’s given us a lot of confidence going into a new season.
“A lot of our players benefitted from playing in Super League including myself. We’ve got to put that to bed now in a sense but at the same time draw from the experience. That’s the top standard and that’s the goal for us.”
The race for promotion in 2020 is set to be hotly contested, with several teams recruiting strongly now the big-spending Wolfpack are out of the picture.
The Broncos skipper believes his side will be right up there, though, and is pleased to see the Championship becoming more competitive.
“There’s a lot more Super League experience now in the Championship,” he added. “The likes of Leigh and Featherstone have recruited really well and obviously Toulouse are going to be a strong side again and play a flamboyant style of rugby.
“The competition is continuing to grow and get better, which is great for the sport but obviously for us we’ve got to try and find some wins in there so it’s going to be tough.
“Now Toronto have gone up it will be a bit of a fight to see who the new top dog of this league is. They have been up there at the top for the last couple of years, so the onus is on us and other clubs now to go for that top spot.
“In 2021 we want to be back in Super League. We loved playing in that competition last year and while we fully expect this year to be really tough, that’s our goal – to get ourselves back up.”