Daryl Powell '100 per cent' focused on Castleford Tigers in 2021
DARYL POWELL has reiterated he is fully focused on Castleford Tigers in 2021 after it was confirmed he would join Warrington Wolves on a three-year contract from 2022.
Powell has been with the Tigers since 2013 but will end his time at the club at the conclusion of the season.
On Tuesday, Warrington confirmed they had acquired the services of the former Great Britain international from next campaign with their head coach Steve Price stepping down this autumn.
Rumours had been circulating around Powell’s future but with news of his next destination confirmed, he insists his only focus is bringing silverware back to Wheldon Road.
“I am 100 per cent focused on Castleford Tigers in 2021, I wanted to get the news out there to stop the constant rumours and I want to focus on this season, doing something special with Castleford Tigers and winning something,” said Powell
“I’ve been here for a long time and I absolutely love the club and everything that it stands for, I want to go out in a special way by giving as much as I can to the Tigers.”
Castleford have won their opening two Super League fixtures, beating Warrington and Leeds Rhinos.
Tomorrow, they turn their attention to a Challenge Cup clash with Hull Kingston Rovers and Powell is determined to leave the Tigers on a high.
He added: “I’ve absolutely loved working at the Tigers, it’s been a privilege and I know there may be some conjecture about leaving, there always is when things like this happen but from my perspective that certainly won’t be happening.
“We have started the season great; the boys are awesome, motivated, and focused on what we want to achieve, that is the way it will stay the rest of this season.
“I have a great relationship with the players and that is the way that rugby league is, I’ve been here such a long time that it feels like I am part of the fixtures and fittings of the place.
“Everything changes at some point and this season I am going to work my backside off to do something special here at Castleford Tigers, and the players are fully behind me as well.”
Castleford’s Challenge Cup tie with Hull KR tomorrow evening kicks off at 6pm.