Powell casts his net for 2021

Daryl Powell is hoping to make at least two more signings ahead of the 2021 campaign.

The Castleford coach has seen his side’s title ambitions crushed post-lockdown, with defeat to Hull FC last Thursday leaving them eighth in Super League with their play-off hopes dashed.

Powell isn’t willing to give up on the current campaign, but a focus on recruitment for next season is also a priority.

The club has confirmed the signing of Salford fullback Niall Evalds, but Mike McMeeken is expected to join Catalans while Matt Cook is on his way to Championship side Widnes.

Calum Turner is also set to depart with a move to Newcastle Thunder finalised, with Powell confirming his exit at the end of the year.

Liam Sutcliffe is understood to be on Powell’s radar, but Leeds are understood to be holding out for a transfer fee.

“We’re still looking around,” he said.

“We’ve got the main bulk of our squad sorted for next year, but there are a couple of little of bits and pieces we’re looking at to strengthen us.

“We’re on with that, but it’s a difficult climate, isn’t it? It’s difficult for everyone. We’ll wait and see how that goes later on in the year.”

When asked what he was looking for, Powell said: “The game has changed a little bit so we’re looking at some options. Players who can play front-row and back-row are always handy, that’s one area, and the other area is someone who can play halfback.

“Calum Turner is leaving us this year and we have a couple of young halves there. We’ve got Adam Rusling, who’s going to be a good player in the future, but maybe that’s an area we might look to strengthen.”

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