The club have confirmed that boss Daryl Powell will leave the role as Castleford boss at the end of the season, Powell has led the team to a Challenge Cup Final appearance as well as a maiden Grand Final appearance in 2017. He went on to lead the club to League Leaders Shield success in the same year, Powell believes that it is the right time to move on from the club he suppported from childhood.
“This is my eighth full season in charge which for a coach is a long time and towards the end of last season, I sat down with Ian Fulton and explained what I wanted to do,” Powell said. “For both me and the club, it is the right time. I want to finish what has been an unbelievably great time for me at Castleford personally in a positive way this year.”
“It gives the club time to plan for the future, I thought the timing was right and I wanted to make a proactive decision, for both parties it gives us that time.” he added. “I am massively motivated this year, I have loved being a part of the club’s history and helping players to grow and develop, and I would really love to finish off in a positive way with a Grand Final win and close a chapter that has been such a special time in my life.”
The announcement comes just nine days before the Tigres get their new season underway against Warrington Wolves who themselves are on the lookout for a new head coach after Steve Price announced he will be returning to Australia for the rest of the season. Castleford chairman Ian Fulton recognized Powell’s work over the past few seasons and hope they can send him off with a successful season after narrowly missing out on the playoffs in 2020.