Players are looking sharp says Castleford coach

Daryl Powell giving players instructions in a training session with Castleford Tigers. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Daryl Powell giving players instructions in a training session with Castleford Tigers. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
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Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is delighted with the way training has gone and the way he has been received by fans since taking over as head coach last week.

Since being officially unveiled as Ian Millward’s successor Powell has had a hectic time trying to speak to as many Tigers players individually as he could and greeting supporters and sponsors at a meet the coaches evening at the Wish Communications Stadium then an open training session at the ground.

He said: “It’s been a good start. It’s been a pretty hectic first week meeting fans and sponsors.

“The players were off last week, which gave me a bit of time to have a look around and meet people, and that was good.

“Since coming in the players have been fantastic. They worked hard on Saturday and again this week and are looking good, looking sharp and fresh.

“Last week did a good job for us.

“I’ve not been able to speak to everybody yet with the week being so hectic, but I have spoken to quite a few of the senior players and I need to continue on with that process.

“This week’s trip to France will give me a chance to do that so from that perspective it’s ideal.

“I just need to get round everybody and really it’s finding out about them as people as much as it is as players because you’ve got plenty of evidence of what they can do on the pitch.

“As players I know more about them than I do as people so that’s really the process I need to go through.

“I don’t know many of the guys personally, but I have watched them quite regularly so I’ve got a good heads up. I understand what they’re about and I’ve picked up from Danny Orr and Ben Cooper a lot about the characters and the way the team’s been playing, who’s going exceptionally well and who’s not quite where they need to be.”