Powell ends Leeds speculation by signing new Tigers deal

Daryl Powell has ended speculation that he could take charge of Leeds Rhinos by signing a new long-term deal with Castleford Tigers.

Powell has established the Tigers as a Super League force since he was appointed head coach five years ago and the struggling Rhinos were reportedly keen to lure him to Headingley.

The 53-year-old will remain at The Jungle, though, after committing to a contract extension until at the least the end of the 2022 season.

"I’ve lived in Cas, I'm a Cas boy, I was born nearby and for me this is an awesome club and I haven't achieved what I'd like to achieve here yet." Powell told Tigers TV, with his team set to face Leeds on Friday.

"I suppose there's been a few rumours flying about recently but I spoke to the chairman Ian Fulton about a new contract quite a while back.

"We spoke about where we are going to be taking the club, which was important for me as I'm pretty ambitious in terms of what I want the club to do and what I want to do myself.

"We had some good chats and I was offered an extension by Ian, which I've accepted and I'm really excited about the challenge.

"I'm just looking forward to helping the players hopefully to do something special. I think we've got an awesome group of players and an awesome group of coaching staff, and I know that everybody wants the club to grow."

Powerll added: "There's certain things as a club that we need to do better, as a team that we need to do better and as a coaching staff that we need to do better, and I want to help drive that to the next level."

 

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