Stuart Reardon believes that Crusaders have enough quality and experience throughout the side to give Leigh Centurions a tough challenge on Sunday.
The Centurions, who have started 2014 with a 100-per-cent record and put a number of clubs to the sword with 50-point wins, pose the toughest challenge yet for Crusaders since they were promoted to the Championship.
But Reardon says that experience in the Crusaders side could count for a lot come Sunday.
He said: “We’ve got a strong squad at the club and we had that last year as well. We’ve now added a lot more quality on top of what we had from last year, which is great.
“There’s a lot of people at the club who have experience. Some people may look at the players who have had Super League experience, but there’s plenty of others with experience in the side.
“We’ve got lads who have gained experience at this level, and developed their game at this level, like Andy Moulsdale. That’s just as important.
“I think Leigh are one of the best sides in this league. It will be a really good challenge for us.”
On a personal note, Reardon is delighted to be back playing after achilles damage kept out at the back end of last season.
He said: “It’s great to be back playing after the injury. I’m just trying to get back to my best form as I get back to full fitness.”
The former Great Britain international is pleased with Crusaders’ start to the season – and reckons that they can now go from strength to strength.
He said: Three wins from four so far this season – we would have taken that at the start of the season.
“You’ve got to be satisfied with the started to the season and we can only build from here really.
“I don’t see why we can’t push up this league. We deserve – and have earnt – our place in the Championship and we need to keep it.
“We’re on the right course at the minute. We need to target the crucial games that we need to be winning and, if we do that, then we should do well in this league this season.”