Before the 2022 Super League season began, many pundits and fans predicted the Salford Red Devils to struggle.
An untested Super League coach in Paul Rowley was the key factor, but the club have destroyed any of those predictions with an incredible season so far.
The Red Devils sit in sixth position in the Super League play-offs with a tremendous run of form lifting them into the top six.
One of those men at the heart of that rise has been Marc Sneyd who, after seven years in East Yorkshire with Hull FC, moved back home to the AJ Bell Stadium to end his career.
And, now the wily halfback has revealed the difference between the two sides.
“There’s that expectation at Hull because they’re known to be a big club and the fans really but into that big club feel,” Sneyd told The Sun.
“When things aren’t going right, it comes across as a massive disappointment. At Salford. We’ve been playing amazing rugby and we’re now just starting to get noticed.
“But other than that, we fly way under the radar. Players probably don’t realise how under the radar it is.
“For me, it’s the other end of the Richter Scale compared to what I’d had the previous seven years. Social media’s 10 times quieter and you can just concentrate on your rugby, it’s brilliant.”
Sneyd has also revealed that the belief has always been within the Salford squad from the get go.
“From the outside looking in, it may look like that belief has only just come but from very early on, we understood what we can do if we could get all parts working.
I watched two games and we lost narrowly to Wigan and St Helens but those performances showed me, ‘We’ve got something here and it’s going to drop at some point.’
“I wasn’t playing but it was like, ‘Let’s go,’ and the way we play has definitely changed me. I’ve got attributes I’ve always had but I can do things I’ve not necessarily had the opportunity to do.
“Most teams play with restrictions but this is like, ‘If the opportunity to run Is there, take it whenever or wherever it is.’ It’s very different but really enjoyable.”
It has been an incredible start for Salford under Paul Rowley but they are certainly not finished yet.