Powell commits future to Cas
Daryl Powell has signed a two-year extension that will keep him at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle until at least the end of 2022
Head coach Daryl Powell has capped an exciting week for the club by signing a new long-term contract with the Tigers.
Already one of the longest serving coaches in the Betfred Super League, Powell has transformed a Tigers side languishing towards the bottom of the table into a consistent force in the top-four, leading the club to an historic League Leaders Shield in 2017 as well as a Grand Final and Challenge Cup final since taking charge in 2014.
Powell, who previously coached at the likes of Leeds and Featherstone as well as the Irish national side, still had 18 months left to run on his existing deal with the club but has now put pen to paper on a further two-year extension that will keep him at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle until at least the end of the 2022 campaign.
He told: “I’ve lived in Cas, I’m a Cas boy, I was born nearby and for me this is an awesome club and I haven’t achieved what I’d like to achieve here yet.
“I suppose there’s been a far few rumours flying about recently but I spoke to the chairman Ian Fulton about a new contract quite a while back.
“We spoke about where we are going to be taking the club, which was important for me as I’m pretty ambitious in terms of what I want the club to do and what I want to do myself. We had some good chats and I was offered an extension by Ian which I’ve accepted and I’m really excited about the challenge.
“I’m just looking forward to helping the players hopefully to do something special. I think we’ve got an awesome group of players and an awesome group of coaching staff, and I know that everybody wants the club to grow.
“There’s certain things as a club that we need to do better, as a team that we need to do better and as a coaching staff that we need to do better, and I want to help drive that to the next level.”
The club’s Director of Rugby, Jon Wells, added: “Castleford Tigers are delighted to be able to announce Daryl’s signature to continue as our head coach until at least the end of 2022.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that he has been the main catalyst for change here at the Tigers over the last seven years and I don’t think there is a better coach or a coach more fitted to what we are doing here at the Tigers out there.
“I would like to place on record the hard work undertaken by our chairman during these last few months in getting this hugely important piece of business done, and as a club we can now look forward to what lies ahead, both for the rest of 2019 and for the coming seasons, under the guidance of an extremely talented, hard-working and honest leader of men.”
Castleford Tigers face Leeds Rhinos this evening live on Sky Sports Main Event & Arena, 7:45pm kick-off.