DONCASTER Knights boss Brett Davey says the bar will be set higher than ever in next season’s Championship.
“I think the league gets tougher every year,” he told The Star.
“It will certainly be tougher to make the play-offs with only the top-four teams being involved next season.
“I was quite happy to continue with a top eight format but I think certain clubs pushed for it to be changed.
“And as they’ve gone for a top-four we’ve got to try and get up there. It will obviously be tough because there are some very good teams in the league, but we’ll be doing our best.”
The much-changed Knights, who have over a dozen new faces, start the season with the long trip to Plymouth before entertaining Bristol on Friday, September 7.
“We’ve got a tough start in the first month but whoever we would have played it would have been tough as there are no easy games at this level,” said Davey.
Knights have been back training for several weeks and Davey says he is pleased with how things are going.
“All the new lads have fitted in well both in training and off the field,” he told The Star. “The work that has been put in by the players has been excellent.
“Dougie Flockhart has been doing all the conditioning work and Tom Luke has been doing the skills. We’ve just started with the first half rugby sessions and we’ll start building in more and more rugby during the month.”