Widnes Vikings halfback Matty Smith has said getting in the playoffs would mark a good year for the club.
The Vikings started poorly, with just one win in their opening six matches, but have since won three of their last four games. Their one defeat came in a late defeat against London Broncos.
That saw Widnes go from 13th to seventh in the Championship table, and they are closing in on the playoff places.
Smith spoke of the four-five year plan the club has in place to achieve it’s goal of becoming a Super League side once again.
He said: “I think we need to be realistic. We are still building as a club, and I think the fans, the club and the players understand that.
“It was never in our heads that we were going to finish low, or too low. I think realistically, we need to get ourselves in those playoffs. And I think that would be a good year for us.
“Speaking to Simon (Finnigan), he knows it’s not a quick fix- it’s going to take time. Hopefully when the time does arrive when we get back into the Super League, the club want to stay there. If we get there this year, will we have the resources stay up? I don’t know.”
Smith also said he believed the 70-0 defeat against Toulouse was a turning point for the team, as they were able to tell a few home truths in the week, which allowed them to the turn the corner.
He added: “It was a result that was coming- especially the way we had been playing.
“Toulouse- let’s be honest- are head and shoulders above everyone in the league. The fact they are full-time and the players they have signed. I think potential wise, they could beat a few sides in the Super League.
“We probably needed it. A few home truths came out, and we spoke honestly that week. We needed to be better.
“Being at a club like Widnes, there is a lot of expectation as well. We want to get to Super League again and those performances are not good enough.
“I think it was something we needed to happen to allow us to turn the corner and get better.”