Hull Kingston Rovers captain Shaun Lunt says the feeling of gaining promotion exceeds that of when he won the Super League Grand Final with Leeds in 2012.
The 30-year-old has had the tough task of leading the Robins back to the top flight this season, a feat they achieved on Saturday with victory against Widnes.
Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Lunt said: “This is a massive contrast from this ecstasy to what we felt this time last year. It’s unbelievable. I couldn’t be more proud of any of those boys.
“Yes 100 per cent. The feeling today is better than after winning the Grand Final. I 100 per cent standby that. It was hard. Really hard. The nerves were there they have been all season. We’ve not made it easy for ourselves but who cares now?
“Even if we didn’t win this game and we didn’t go up we’re still better club-wise. Our foundations and our structures are a lot more solid compared to then.
“Sheensy has been absolutely huge and for him to take us up to Super League in his 700th game is absolutely immense. There’s no words out there I can use to describe how good he’s been and what a bloke he is. He’s phenomenal.”