Jersey will succeed in Championship says Plymouth Albion chairman

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Graham Stirling

Plymouth Albion chairman Graham Stirling thinks newly promoted Jersey can succeed in the Championship.

The island side is set to begin its first season in English rugby's second tier in the autumn after winning National One last month.

"I think they can stay up," Stirling told BBC Sport.

"The success they've had in the past four seasons speaks for itself and they have a tremendous momentum going into the Championship."

He added: "The ambition, application and drive about them, as well as the financial resources, means I think they can stay up and they will be a handful.

"They're going to have the right mindset and if they can get a good early start they'll they won't be languishing at the bottom."

Albion have never played Jersey in a competitive fixture before and Stirling says the trip to the island will be one of the highlights of the season.

"It's another local derby for us," Dr Stirling said.

"It's exciting, so many people are talking about it, it won't be there and back in a day, but people will make a weekend of it."

The island side have lost just once in three years at St Peter, but with the increased finances available to Championship clubs, Stirling says it could hit Jersey's impressive home record.

"They have an advantage in location, it's not the easiest place to get to if you try and do it there and back in a day.

"But teams will go the day before and have rest periods so they'll do it much differently from side in National One."

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