DARYL Powell will be the next Warrington Wolves head coach, the club has confirmed.
Powell, 55, will replace Steve Price at the end of the season on a three-year deal.
The former Great Britain, Leeds and Sheffield half-back is Super League’s longest serving head coach, having been at Castleford since May 2013.
He said: “Warrington is an outstanding club with a rich history and the opportunity to coach the club from 2022 onwards is a very special one. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“Wherever I’ve been as a coach I’ve fully embedded myself into the club and the town. I think it is really important as a coach that you do that and I’m looking forward to meeting all the Warrington fans next season.
“My coaching philosophy is to support players to achieve special things and I think everyone knows and can see what I like to do with my players and teams.
“I feel like I’m moving from one special club to another. I think it’s important to get it out in the open now so I can focus on the year ahead and there’s certainty from both sides at this stage. Hopefully there’ll be an excitement at Warrington and an excitement at Castleford that I can finish off there in a really positive way this season.”
Powell led Castleford to the 2017 League Leaders’ Shield before they were beaten in the Super League Grand Final by Leeds. He also led them to the 2014 Challenge Cup final, where again they lost to Leeds.
His Castleford side beat Warrington on the opening weekend of the current Super League season.
Prior to joining Castleford, he led Featherstone to three consecutive Championship League Leaders’ Shields and Grand Finals, and also had spells coaching Leeds and Keighley.
Wolves Chairman Stuart Middleton added: “After the completion of a thorough process we believe Daryl is the best man to take the club forward in 2022 and beyond.
“His coaching philosophy and the brand of Rugby League he promotes is something that really appealed to us. The impact he has had at Castleford is very impressive, taking them from 12th to League Leaders in four years in a playing manner that was unrivalled in Super League.
“His ability to improve players was also an attraction; under his guidance he’s helped to develop three players into Men of steel. We’ve got an exciting crop of youngsters emerging so we look forward to seeing how he helps shape and develop their game.”