Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has signed a new long-term deal at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.
Powell has masterminded an unbelievable 2014 for the Tigers so far, taking them to the top four in Super League – as well as the semi-finals of the cup. Only Widnes Vikings stand between Powell leading the Tigers out at Wembley, and the club have moved quickly to tie down their man.
Tipped to be amongst the relegation candidates for 2014, Powell has overseen a remarkable transformation since arriving from Featherstone, with the club boasting three England internationals in Michael Shenton, Craig Huby and Daryl Clark.
Speaking of the deal, Powell said: “I’m really pleased that I’ve got my future sorted; obviously it’s an important contract for me, it’s my first job back in Super League and I’ve been delighted with how it’s gone so far.
“The term of the contract will allow me and the coaching staff that we have in place at the moment to really build something at the club that will hopefully be really special.
“You want some stability from a playing perspective, but for the people that are leading the coaching, if they’ve got some stability in terms of the depth of the contract then it gives players confidence that everybody is in it for the long haul and it’s not just a short-term proposition.
“I want to be successful and if players see that the coach believes in the club and is prepared to put his money where his mouth is and sign a long-term contract, then it will give them confidence that they too are going to be successful in the future.
“It’s a dream job for me to coach the team that I believed in as a young man. It means an immense amount to me to be able to lead it from a playing perspective and give the supporters hopefully something special and a club that’s got a feel about it that they feel a part of.
“I’m really looking forward to growing and developing the club, and obviously growing and consistently getting better myself, which along with the players, we should be striving to every day.”
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