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The Championship gets tougher every year, says Whitts

Midfielder expecting a tough challenge for Rovers ahead of our return to the second tier

11 July 2018

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Rovers midfielder Peter Whittingham reckons the Championship will be tougher than ever in the 2018-19 campaign.

Whittingham has plenty of experience of the division having spent 10 years at Cardiff City, playing in the second tier for the majority of his time in the Welsh capital.

It has also been a league he has played a part in winning, with the midfielder finishing as the Bluebirds' joint-top goalscorer when they triumphed and earned a place in the Premier League at the end of the 2012-13 campaign - alongside fellow Rover Craig Conway.

And ahead of Rovers' return to the league, Whitts admits it will be a tough division to master.

“Everyone knows what a hard league the Championship is. It’s a difficult division to get out of," he said.

"But we’re all working hard and I’m sure the gaffer is looking to add a couple more faces and it’s a campaign that we’re all looking forward to. 

“It’s about competition for places and keeping everyone on their toes. It’s up to all of us to give our all and to make sure he has a headache when it comes down to selection.
 
“The quality is a step up from League One. There are more technical players and when you have the ball it’s about keeping it, biding your time and taking your chances."
 
Swansea City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion all were relegated at the Premier League at the end of last season, and 33-year-old Peter is expecting the trio to spend big as they look for an instant return to the top tier.
 
“You see the teams coming down from the Premier League, they don’t normally find it as easy as they perhaps expect it to be. It’s such a difficult league and I think everyone knows that it’s the most difficult league to get out of."

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