Castleford Tigers have announced Head Coach Daryl Powell will be leaving the Club at the end of the 2021 season.
Powell has agreed to an updated contract which will see him finish his tenure with the Club at the end of 2021.
Powell first took charge of the Tigers during the 2013 season with the team languishing in the bottom of the league table. He has played a vital role in turning the Club’s on-field fortunes around, from fighting off relegation to contending for silverware success.
The 55-year-old has led Castleford to both major finals. He got them to the Challenge Cup Final in 2014, and the Super League Grand Final in 2017. Both finals were lost against Leeds Rhinos.
In 2017, he also led the club to the League Leaders Shield for the first time in their history.
Reacting to the news, Powell said: “This is my eighth full season in charge which for a coach is a long time and towards the end of last season, I sat down with Ian Fulton and explained what I wanted to do.
“For both me and the Club, it is the right time, I want to finish what has been an unbelievably great time for me at Castleford personally in a positive way this year. It gives the Club time to plan for the future, I thought the timing was right and I wanted to make a proactive decision, for both parties it gives us that time.
“I am massively motivated this year, I have loved being a part of the Club’s history and helping players to grow and develop, and I would really love to finish off in a positive way with a Grand Final win and close a chapter that has been such a special time in my life.”
Chairman Ian Fulton added:“I personally and on behalf of all Tigers’ fans would like to thank Daryl for all his hard work over the years, he has been an integral part of this team and indeed the local community in the time he has spent here.
“I know his achievements here will have given him and his family memories to last a lifetime and he is committed to making even more in 2021 and we would love to see him end his time at Castleford with silverware.
“After some lengthy conversations that started at the end of 2020, both Daryl and the Club felt that with a number of coaches and players out of contract at the end of the year, 2022 would be the right time for a new face to come in and take charge, and the process of appointing that person will be incredibly thorough and has already begun internally.”