Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell is convinced that Daryl Clark’s confirmed transfer to Warrington Wolves will not affect his form for his hometown club to the end of this season.
Clark has been in sparkling form for the Tigers all year and is a strong Man of Steel candidate who has been a key player for the club all season even though he knew it would be his last at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with a £185,000 deal struck last year.
He shone again last Sunday when his superb solo try proved a match winner against Bradford Bulls and coach Powell is expecting to see more impressive displays from his star player before the 2014 campaign ends.
He said: “It was a special piece of play from Clarky that got us back on the front foot against Bradford and showed just what he can do.
“He’s so quick and it was a bit of an opportunistic moment from him. Then when he puts his foot on the pedal he’s difficult to reel in, in open field. It was a great effort from him.
“He’s a Cas player, he loves the club. He’s come all the way through the system at the club and he’ll continue to give everything to the end of the season.
“He’s really developed and grown this year and he’s going to get better.
“It’s obviously disappointing that he’s not going to be with us in the future, but there’s no way he’s going to be leaving without giving every ounce of energy for the cause.
“He’s got a lot of respect for the club and its fans and everything it stands for.”