Leeds Rhinos start their season up against Warrington Wolves on Thursday hoping to go one better than last year when they were 80 minutes way from Super League title number nine.
Speaking ahead of Round One of the new season, new signing Justin Sangare has made it clear that the title is the aim.
He said to French publication Treize Mondial:
“I had an excellent pre-season, rich in novelties both from a rugby and cultural point of view.
“The goal is to win the Super League title. The Rhinos made it to the final last season, we have to do better.
“It will be a big game against a great Wolves team, which has strengthened well this winter. I feel ready to attack the new season.”
Meanwhile, another new recruit in Luis Roberts has been open about the difficulties he has had getting over not playing in the World Cup as well as a tough pre-season on the Rhinos’ website.
“This is one of the toughest pre-seasons I’ve ever done but I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve definitely come out of it a different player. I’m grateful it’s over but it’s done well for me.
“I’ve feel that I’ve got to work with some of the best players that I’ve worked with so far. Rohan has been amazing with me so I feel like my confidence is back up there now.
“I spoke to him before I came, my confidence was a bit low including after the World Cup. I know that being part of the squad was good but not being able to play dropped my confidence a little. Having those games played (pre-season) I feel like the confidence is coming back up and just Rohan helping me has done it really well.”
He has underlined the quality of the Warrington side they will be taking on including George Williams:
“You look at their signings and team sheet now, it’s going to be dangerous but we know we need to just go in there and get the done done.
“Obviously he’s dangerous, he plays for England. He’s going to be a good threat but we’ve done our homework on him and hopefully we can keep him quiet.
“You want to start the season off with a win, it’ll be a tough win if we can get it but I feel that us boys can do it and we’ll be driving on throughout the season.”
He also admitted his nerves ahead of the new season:
“I always get nervous, any game even amateur I used to get nervous so a big game like this I’m going to get nervous but I’m going to enjoy the moment. I’ve heard the fans chant already and they’re going to be the 14th man on the pitch really, we’ll see what happens and hopefully we get the win for them.”