Jersey target Premiership within five years
August 2, 2013
Ex-Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs winger Mark Foster will play for Jersey next term © Getty Images
Green King IPA Championship side Jersey's director of rugby Ben Harvey is adamant his side will be in England's top flight within five years.
Jersey have obtained four promotions in the last five seasons and finished second bottom at the foot of the Championship last term. But despite their lowly finish, Harvey has bolstered his side in the off-season and has his sights set firmly on the Aviva Premiership.
"I wouldn't be betting against it," Harvey told BBC Radio Jersey. "If we believe in it strongly enough and we work hard enough then we'll get there. Anyone who thinks that in five years' time we're not playing in the Premiership, I'd like to see where they'd put their mortgage money."
Jersey are now a fully-professional side and Harvey has spent some of the summer working alongside Harlequins' coaching staff in a bid to boost his own knowledge of the game. They start their pre-season campaign against Leicester Tigers on August 24 and then take on Coventry a week later.
And Harvey is determined to stick to his guns of picking home-grown players in their bid to secure promotion to the Premiership. "I've said from word go we'll go as far as the best Jersey-born players," Harvey added. "My honest belief is with a lot of hard work they can play in the Premiership.
"We know how hard a journey it is, but we also know how important our crowd has been in making sure we get there. We're confident we can go home and away and beat everyone in the league".
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