Castleford Tigers this morning confirmed the appointment of Daryl Powell (pictured) as their new head coach.
Tigers chief executive, Steve Gill said: “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.
“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.”
Powell said: “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.
“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 versus 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.”
Featherstone chief executive Craig Poskitt said: “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.
“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.”
In the interim, Ryan Sheridan will be responsible for first team duties at Rovers and the club will shortly announce a new head coach.