Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell expects Marc Sneyd to give 100 per cent for the rest of the campaign even though it has now been announced that the player is moving to Hull FC for next season.
Goalkicking half-back Sneyd, 23, has been a big hit with the Tigers this year after arriving on loan from Salford and made it clear he did not want to return to the Red Devils – where he had a year left on his contract – when he handed in a transfer request.
Several Super League clubs were alerted and Sneyd has chosen to go to Hull after they met Salford’s valuation for him. But he remains a Cas player for the remainder of 2014 and head coach Powell believes he will stay focused.
He said: “We’re disappointed we couldn’t come to an agreement, but that’s life, we can’t worry about it too much.
“Marc’s a Castleford player for the rest of this season and then Salford get some bucks.
“A price was put on his head, we didn’t see the valuation at that and Marc’s got an opportunity to go somewhere else for next season. It happens in rugby league.
“I think we were a fair way off the valuation. Marc’s a developing player and he’s got potential to be a really outstanding player, but I think there’s work that needs to be done and he’s aware of that.
“It’s disappointing from our point of view, but you just move on. At this time of year there’s always conjecture over players. Marc’s been a little bit different obviously because he’s been on loan here, but it’s a similar situation that we’ve got a player who won’t be here next year. I think we’ve just got to put it to bed now.
“He plays the rest of the season for us and then we move on, that’s the way it is.
“I think it will be a bit of a relief to him that he’s got his future sorted. The difficult thing from his point of view was that he had made a decision he didn’t want to go back to Salford and we couldn’t come to an agreement with them for him.
“I think he’ll be fine. He’s been okay anyway, it hasn’t bothered him too much. He’s a Lancy and a little bit laid back at times.”
Powell is confident he can bring in a quality replacement.
He added: “It’s important that we recruit half-backs of the right quality and hopefully we’re well down the track in doing that, but I’ve nothing to announce at this point.
“We have been looking over the past few months because we were not sure what was going to happen with Marc. I don’t think we’re too far away.
“Ultimately we’ve got to focus on what’s straight in front of us. The players have got to put it all behind them and concentrate on their job. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that this week.”
Powell revealed that he had spoken to Leon Pryce, but the player had opted for Hull FC.