Barrow coach Bobbie Goulding says the chance of facing a Super League side in the Challenge Cup fifth round should be enough motivation for his squad going into Sunday's tie at Keighley Cougars.
last week, and began his reign with a 37-12 Championship loss to Whitehaven.
"The players shouldn't be here if they don't want to test themselves against Leeds, Wigan or St Helens," he said.
"Keighley are in the same boat as us and will be desperate to get through."
Former Great Britain scrum-half Goulding had been out of work since 2011, when he
Anthony Murray unexpectedly resigned as Barrow boss in March, and Goulding was brought to Craven Park as his replacement.
The Cumbrians sit second-bottom of the table and face a tough survival battle with five teams relegated from the Championship this season.
"I got a look at the lads last week and they're not fit enough, which makes team selection for Sunday difficult," Goulding explained.
"It's a balance. Our priority is staying up, and it'll take four to six weeks to get them up to speed. But we still really want to get through in the cup."