While disappointed with the way the season ended Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has spoken about his pride at how far the club has come in 2014.
The Tigers appeared to run out of steam at the finish as they fell just short of honours with play-off defeats to Warrington and St Helens after narrowly missing out on the Super League leaders’ shield and in the Challenge Cup final. But Powell was able to pick positives out of a season in which Cas really lived with the big boys.
He said: “I’m a bit disappointed by the way we ended the season. We lost our last three games, which is something we haven’t done all year. But overall we have put Cas back on the map.
“I think we’ve played in a way that’s been good for rugby league.
“I think people are proud to come and support the team and hopefully we can grow from this.
“We’ve shot for some big prizes and we haven’t quite hit the jackpot.
“It hurts, but ultimately we’ll take a lot of pride in what we’ve done this season. I’m certainly proud to have been involved with this group of players and the way they have gone about their business.
“It’s been a really, really good year and it’s been close to being a great year.”
Powell was grateful for the help he has had from his staff.
He added: “The coaching staff have done an awesome job. Danny Orr, Ryan Sheridan and Ben Cooper have been unbelievable plus quite a lot of other people who help us as well.
“With the turn around and when you see players improve and believe in each other as a group as I have this year it’s been great. The way the team has been respected for the way it’s gone about its business has also been satisfying.”