New Warrington Wolves head coach Daryl Powell says he will not get caught up in the emotion of facing his old club Castleford Tigers on Thursday evening (Match betting – Warrington 3/10, Castleford 13/5, tie 20/1).
Powell spent nine seasons coaching the Tigers, and he led them to their first-ever Super League Grand Final back in 2017 after winning the League Leaders’ Shield.
However, they were beaten in that final by Leeds Rhinos, and after four more seasons where progress halted, he left West Yorkshire to take charge of the Wolves.
In his first game in charge, they overcame 12-man Leeds Rhinos 22-20 in a thriller at Headingley.
Now, in just his second match as Wire boss, he prepares to face a reunion with Cas at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
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Powell says he has a lot of “affinity” towards the Tigers after spending so long in charge but says his focus is now on doing as well as he can with Warrington (7/2 to win the Grand Final) as both he and the club seek a maiden Grand Final win this season.
“For me, it’s just about winning,” said the 56-year-old.
“I had some fantastic years there, but you move on. I’ve got a lot of respect for everything Castleford stand for as a club, but it’s one game in a long season, and I think they’d say exactly the same.
“You don’t spend eight years somewhere and not have an affinity for the place. Wherever I’ve played and coached, I always try to really embed myself in the place and be part of the furniture, and I felt like I really did that at Castleford.”
In his first match in charge, Lee Radford – Powell’s replacement at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle – suffered defeat as they went down to a 26-16 loss at home to Salford Red Devils.
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