PIRATES charger Zane Keleher believes Poole have “a lot of potential” in their septet this season - but insists the SGB Championship is wide open.

The Wimborne Road outfit lost their first two meetings on the road in the second tier, falling to a 45-44 defeat at Eastbourne before a 52-38 loss at Glasgow.

But a 52-38 victory against Berwick on home shale last week got the Wimborne Road side off and running for the campaign.

Asked to assess the division as a whole, the Rockhampton-born rider told the Daily Echo: “It’s very competitive.

“I think if you look through all the results of the fixtures so far, they have been pretty close – a lot of close matches.

“I don’t really think you can pick a team to be favourite at the moment.

“We’ve got a lot of potential in our squad once we get comfortable with the away tracks. It’s going to be a tough battle all the way to the end.”

Poole are next set to be in action when they visit Plymouth in the Championship Knockout Cup on Tuesday.