BRAD Singleton praised the strength of the Betfred Championship after suiting up for Featherstone Rovers on dual-registration terms last Sunday.

The Barrow-born Leeds Rhinos forward was sent to get some game-time with Rovers after being left out of the side to face Wigan Warriors in their second Super League match of the season.

Singleton played a long spell up front for Featherstone and scored a try in the 42-14 win over Batley Bulldogs, but came away full of respect for those in the part-time game.

“You have probably got to drop your ego a bit, but full credit to all the Fev and Batley lads, and all that league,” Singleton told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Some of them are easily Super League standard, and they are working all day and playing at weekends.

“For me, that league is probably tougher mentally than Super League and some of the boys there are big so it is still a physical battle.”

Singleton is in Leeds’ 19-man squad to play Salford Red Devils this afternoon, but enjoyed the chance to play an hour-long spell for Featherstone.

“I like big minutes and unfortunately for me I missed the Boxing Day game, played 20 minutes of the Cas [pre-season] game and did a stint off the bench against Warrington,” said Singleton.

“For me to get 60 minutes was very beneficial.”