Castleford players learn from history

Daryl Powell
Daryl Powell

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has spoken about how he uses the club’s rich history to motivate the current players in his squad.

Since arriving at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle last year Powell has involved famous names from Castleford’s past to let the current players know what is at stake and he will revive glories of the past before Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup final.

He said: “I have been tapping into the club’s history all year.

“It’s something I also did at Featherstone.

“I’ve a strong belief that your foundation comes from your history, especially if it’s a rich history like Castleford have got. You’d be foolish not to tap into that.

“Before the semi-final there were nine or 10 guys who’d played in different big Challenge Cup games for Castleford who spoke to the players. Mick Morgan did a question and answer session, which was outstanding.

“Malcolm Reilly will speak to the boys this week.

“We have different players each week who we talk about playing in the spirit of so we’re massive on linking in our history as a club.”

Powell, meanwhile, has put the record straight on his own his history on his time as head coach of the Tigers’ final opponents, Leeds.

He said: “I think there’s a lot of misconception about how my time at Leeds finished.

“I decided to step down, it was my decision alone. I wasn’t pushed to one side in any way shape or form. There’s a lot of things that have been said that were completely wrong so I’ve no problem with how it finished at Leeds.

“It was my first year out of playing that I took the job and it needed a lot of work doing, the culture needed changing, there quite a few players who needed to leave the club in order to refresh it and there were a lot of young players coming through that needed to step up.

“I just felt at that time it was a good chance to step out and have a good look around. I’d learned a lot in that time.

“If I look back on it now I would probably have gone on another year, but you cannot change what happened now.

“In my last year we got to the Challenge Cup final and just lost it then lost by a point to Wigan in the final eliminator so we were very close, but that’s history.

“I don’t look back, I look at what I’m going to do next.

“I went on a journey that took me to a lot of places and I learned about a lot of things. I’ve been able to deal with certain situations, wither with individuals or the team.

“I’ve learned a lot along the way. I’ve never really set myself goals of where I’d be in five years of 10 years, it’s just work hard to improve and to learn as much as I can.”