6th April 2021, 17:28 | super_league

Daryl Powell to become Warrington Head Coach in 2022

Daryl Powell to become Warrington Head Coach in 2022

Warrington Wolves have announced that Daryl Powell has been appointed as the club’s new Head Coach on a three-year contract from the 2022 season onwards.

The current Castleford Tigers boss will replace Steve Price who is departing at the end of the 2021 Betfred Super League season to return home to Australia with his family.

Powell is Super League’s longest-serving head coach having taken charge at Castleford in May 2013. The 55-year-old led the club to their first-ever League Leaders’ Shield in 2017 as well as that season’s Grand Final with the Tigers falling to defeat against Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.

Under his stewardship, Castleford also reached the 2014 Challenge Cup Final and had three players named as the Steve Prescott Man of Steel – Daryl Clark (2014), Luke Gale (2017) and Paul McShane (2020). 

Following the announcement, Powell said: “Warrington is an outstanding club with a rich history and the opportunity to coach the club from 2022 onwards is a very special one. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“Wherever I’ve been as a coach I’ve fully embedded myself into the club and the town. I think it is really important as a coach that you do that and I’m looking forward to meeting all the Warrington fans next season. 

“My coaching philosophy is to support players to achieve special things and I think everyone knows and can see what I like to do with my players and teams.

“I feel like I’m moving from one special club to another. I think it’s important to get it out in the open now so I can focus on the year ahead and there’s certainty from both sides at this stage. Hopefully there’ll be an excitement at Warrington and an excitement at Castleford that I can finish off there in a really positive way this season.”

Warrington Wolves Chairman, Stuart Middleton added: “After the completion of a thorough process we believe Daryl is the best man to take the club forward in 2022 and beyond. 

“His coaching philosophy and the brand of Rugby League he promotes is something that really appealed to us. The impact he has had at Castleford is very impressive, taking them from 12th to League Leaders in four years in a playing manner that was unrivalled in Super League. 

“His ability to improve players was also an attraction; under his guidance he’s helped to develop three players into Men of Steel. We’ve got an exciting crop of youngsters emerging so we look forward to seeing how he helps shape and develop their game.”