He was rumoured to the top job for quite some time and it is finally confirmed, with Daryl Powell named as the new Castleford Tigers coach effective immediately.
Powell, who was coaching the Featherstone Rovers, says he is looking forward to the new opportunity, one that will help him grow and develop as a coach.
He was also supportive and thankful of the opportunities provided to him at Featherstone, an organisation that played a significant part in his life.
“Every coaching appointment I’ve had has made me really proud, and this is another proud moment for me. I’m really excited and can’t wait to start helping the team and the Club to grow,” said Powell.
“Castleford Tigers is such a proud and traditional Club and it has so much going for it. It is highly regarded in terms of developing its young players and the first team squad has an abundance of quality. I am looking forward to driving the standards and consistency of the team.
“Danny Orr and Richard Tunningley have done a fantastic job in stabilising the group over the last few weeks as the win v Hull KR showed.
“I’ve had a wonderful experience as Head Coach of Featherstone Rovers. I’d like to think that I’ve left them in such a positive place. I’d like to thank everybody at the Club from top to bottom. The board, players, back room staff and the fans have been massively supportive of me and I wish them all the best for the future.”
Steve Gill, the Tigers Chief Executive said that the process took time as the club wanted to ensure they found the right person for the role.
In his eyes, he believes that Powell is the coach they were looking for to take the club forward onto bigger and better things in the Super League.
“We have taken our time over the appointment of a new Head Coach because we wanted to ensure that we brought the right man on board and I’m convinced that Daryl Powell is that man,” said Powell.
“He is an excellent coach who has proven his skills at Featherstone Rovers over several seasons. He is at the cutting edge of coaching and his previous role as Assistant Coach of the England side shows how highly regarded he is.
“We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Featherstone Rovers Chairman, Mark Campbell for allowing
us to speak to Daryl and Chief Executive, Craig Poskitt for ensuring a smooth transition.”
Craig Poskitt, who is the Chief Executive at Featherstone, thanked Powell for his work with the club and gave him well wishes as he embarks on his new role.
“We thank Daryl for his outstanding services to Featherstone Rovers. It was our duty to allow Castleford the opportunity to speak with Daryl and he decided that the move was the right direction for him to take,” said Poskitt.
“I would like to state that the club will now be on the look-out for a replacement that shares our vision and wants to be a part of the long term future of the club in Super League.”