Skipper Rob Purdham believes the northern big boys are starting to take Harlequins Rugby League seriously now as they top Super League for the first time ever.
Last Friday’s 36-26 win at Leeds Rhinos, three-time champions from 2007-2009, put the London side top for the first time in any of their guises, from Fulham to Harlequins via London Crusaders and London Broncos.
And it may be very early in the season, but for a team usually looked down on by clubs in the game’s M62 corridor of power, it is an historic moment.
Purdham said: “We’re not getting too carried away with it as we’re only three games in. If we’re still top after 15 games, perhaps we can start to talk about a special season. But it’s nice being top rather than bottom for a change.
“ I remember two seasons ago we were third, and had a chance to go joint top if we won, but we lost and then fell away due to injuries, and that is the closest we have come.
“ However, being top will make all the fans of the northern teams who predicted us to finish bottom this season sit up and take notice, and realise they will have to work hard to beat us this year.
“ There is still a split up north between those who see rugby league in London as essential for the game’s growth, and those who are just concerned about their own team and see this club as a waste of time as we haven’t won anything in 30 years.”