Powell’s departure no longer an issue

Jordan Turner says his own experience, and the approach of coach Daryl Powell and his assistant Ryan Sheridan, has made settling in at Castleford straightforward.

The Tigers became the 32-year-old outside back’s sixth club, after Salford, Hull, St Helens, Canberra and Huddersfield, when he signed a one-year deal in November.

And the Oldham-born player, a Grand Final winner with Saints in 2014, who can also play in the halves or at loose-forward, has already registered three tries, with two in the opening 21-12 win over Warrington and another in Friday’s 18-10 derby victory over Leeds.

“The main thing is that we’ve won both our games so far, but I’m happy with the way I’ve started at Castleford,” Turner told League Express.

“Changing clubs isn’t a new thing for me, and I’m a confident guy and don’t get too fazed by things, which comes from age and experience.

“I already knew a number of the players here, some of them quite well, which has helped, and the coaching staff have been brilliant with me.

“I’ve felt comfortable and have been enjoying myself from day one, so it’s all positive so far.”

Much has been made of Powell’s announcement that he will leave at the end of the season after eight-and-a-half years at the helm.

But Turner says it’s no longer a topic of conversation among the players, adding: “To be honest, it was business as usual pretty soon.

“Daryl was pretty straightforward and to the point when he told us, and after watching a short video, we were out on the training pitch.

“He’s a great coach and has transformed this club, and of course we would all like to win something to make his final season here something special.

“But Daryl, Ryan (Sheridan) and the players would have wanted to win something without the announcement, and that’s our target.

“Obviously we spoke about it in the immediate aftermath of the announcement, but the coach leaving really isn’t something we talk about any longer.

“The focus is firmly on preparing for and playing matches.”

Next up for Castleford is Friday’s Challenge Cup third-round trip to Hull KR, while the Tigers’ next Super League game is at home to Leigh on Friday, April 16.

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