Powell set to be unveiled as new Castleford Tigers coach

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Featherstone Rovers boss Daryl Powell is expected to be unveiled as the new Castleford Tigers head coach on Monday.

The 47-year-old former Great Britain international (pictured) is understood to have been selected from an all-British shortlist to succeed Ian Millward in the hot seat at the Wish Communications Stadium.

Powell, who has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Super League outfit Castleford, told the Featherstone players on Saturday that he will be leaving the Championship club.

Castleford chief executive Steve Gill reportedly wanted to buy British, and rejected an offer from the club’s Australian former boss Stuart Raper to return to assist caretaker coach Danny Orr until a permanent appointment is made.

Orr, the club’s former captain who only joined the backroom staff after retiring as a player at the end of last season, has been in charge since Millward was sacked 11 matches into his second season, with the Tigers bottom of Super League.

Orr will stay on to assist the Castleford-born Powell, who is thought to have landed the post when Leeds assistant James Lowes turned it down while Kieron Purtill, assistant at Huddersfield, was also in contention.

The former Sheffield Eagles, Keighley and Leeds stand-off, who won 33 caps with Great Britain, has coached in Super League in the past.

He was promoted to head coach of Leeds in April 2001 as the successor to Australian Dean Lance but made way for the appointment of Tony Smith two years later.

Powell went on to coach the Rhinos’ sister rugby union club, Leeds Tykes, before joining Featherstone in 2008 and has also managed Ireland and worked as an assistant to England head coach Steve McNamara.

Last season, he famously guided Rovers to a 23-16 Challenge Cup victory over Castleford.