Top of the table Castleford Tigers have been given an extra boost today with news that three members of their highly rated coaching staff have committed their future to the club.
Danny Orr, Ryan Sheridan and Ben Cooper have all signed new three-year contract extensions that bring them in line with head coach Daryl Powell’s contract, until the end of the 2020 season.
With the recent extension to head physio Matty Crowther’s contract Powell has now cemented the positions of all his key backroom staff and he is delighted.
He said: “I believe we have a staff that is second to none, we have worked exceptionally hard as a coaching group to build a culture and an identity as a team and I am so pleased that Danny, Ryan and Ben will continue their journey with myself and the club as we seek to do special things at the Tigers.
“As coaches, these three guys are right at the top of their field and as blokes they are such great people to work with.
“I would like to congratulate all of them on their new deals and I look forward to getting our teeth into driving standards even further in the coming seasons.”
Assistant coach Danny Orr is pleased to see the development of the team in recent years.
He said: “The way the club is going, the way our team is going, it’s a special place to be and I’m thrilled to be part of it.
“This place is home, I’ve been supporting Cas since I was seven, to play and captain this team and now to coach this team is an honour and it’s the place I want to be.
“We have a good group of coaches and it’s great for me to learn from Shez and Powelly. All the staff are great, we all work really hard but it’s a really active environment and we enjoy what we do.”
Assistant coach Ryan Sheridan is excited to see what the next few years can bring for the Tigers:
“Not only have we got a great group of players who have developed over the past few years and grown into a special group, it’s the same with our coaching staff too,” he said.
“We’ve known each other a long time and we know how each other works and we’ve got a great relationship. We’ve all got different qualities that add together to make a great coaching staff.
“It’s looking bright for the future at all levels of the club, from the scholarship, to the U19s to the first team there is some consistency throughout and some quality players through all grades. To be part of their development and part of us growing as a club is massive for me.”
Head of strength and conditioning Ben Cooper said: “I really admire the work Daryl has done to get the team where it is right now.
“I get on really well with Matty our head physio, we have a great working relationship, and our assistant coaches are superb and will themselves make great head coaches in the future.
“The people behind us, our assistants here are brilliant and I can’t speak highly enough of the coaches we have here, it’s a pleasure to be part of it.
“Our players deserve a lot of credit. They are working hard in training and keeping their feet on the ground. We are in a good position right now but there is still a lot of work to be done and we need to make sure we hit the ground running and end the season positively.”
Tigers Chief executive Steve Gill was delighted to confirm the news: “Danny, Ryan and Ben have been vitally important in the growth of our club and the development of our players in recent years and their importance has been duly recognised not only at club level, but at international level too.”