BATLEY full-back Dave Scott feels that the Bulldogs have the ability to achieve “something special” this season.
The Scotland international was part of the Batley side that competed in the Qualifiers in 2016.
And while the Bulldogs finished well outside the coveted top-four spots last year, Scott reckons they are better equipped for the challenge this time round.
“We know that we have got the players to achieve something special,” said Scott.
“It is down to us really and how we apply ourselves and how we train and when we take to the field making sure we stick to our game plan.
“Really we are just looking to finish as high up the table as we can, we know it is going to be tough.
“There are four full-time teams in there so, naturally, you would expect them to be towards the top end of the table.
“But Barrow and a couple of other teams have shown that these full-time teams can be beaten, so it’s not unrealistic to say we can finish in the top four.
“Year on year the Championship is becoming closer and closer to Super League really.
“When I started playing in the Championship back in 2013 it was a tough league.
“When you compare that to now the part-time teams have upped their game and the full-time teams are pushing for Super League.
“I definitely wake up on a Monday morning a lot more sore after games than what I did four to five years ago.”
This season marks Matt Diskin’s second year in charge at Mount Pleasant and Scott has praised his current coach for bringing a different dimension to the club.
The 24-year-old believes that the side are starting to better implement Diskin’s methods after two wins from three games in 2018.
Scott has also notched a hat-trick of tries in the opening three games and feels he has improved since Diskin took charge.
He said: “Diskin has definitely brought a different dimension to Batley and the way he wants us to play.
“The structures and training regimes he has put in place are very different but I think we have really started to adapt to it now and really started to buy into it.
“The more that we continue to do that the better off as a team and the better off as individuals we are going to be.
“I definitely feel that there has been an improvement in my game since Diskin has come in.”
The Bulldogs travel to London this week to take on the division’s only undefeated team.
The Broncos have won all four of the league games they have played and currently sit second on points difference.
And Scott is expecting Sunday’s game to be one of the toughest challenges Batley will face this year.
“Looking at the competition, at the moment I think it is fair to say London are the form team,” he added.
“London is never an easy place to go play, especially on that 4G field, and they play it really well.
“They have had some really good results so we know we will probably be coming up against the toughest opposition we will face.
“The results against Swinton and Barrow show that there are a lot of positives but there is still a lot of room for improvement as well.
“The game we had against Leigh, the performance was there but we came out of the wrong side of the result.
“The games that we have had cancelled against Rochdale and Halifax haven’t really helped.
“It would have been nice to have played at the weekend, we have won two games in a row and started to build some momentum.
“That’s kind of been taken away, which doesn’t help plus playing against Halifax would have been a really good test to see where we are at.”