New Castleford coach Daryl Powell will impress, Jon Wells tells Boots n All

Last Updated: 09/05/13 10:19am

Daryl Powell has a bright future as Castleford coach, Jon Wells told Boots n All.

Powell left his role as head coach of Championship side Featherstone Rovers and was appointed on Tuesday as head coach with the Tigers.

Wells, a former Castleford player before ending his career with the London Broncos in 2010, said: "Powell is highly regarded. You've seen him mature as a coach.

"Castleford is a community club and that's the absolute future. There's plenty of raw talent at the club and he'll have a big pool of players to choose from.

"The club have had some uncertain times but Daryl is a local man, he's lived in the area for 15 years so he knows the club, fans and the community. He's got a great future and he should hopefully bring great rewards to the club."

Powell will take over from assistant coach Danny Orr, who had been in temporary charge since Ian Millward's departure in April.

Soon after being revealed as the new man at Castleford, the 47-year-old told Boots n All: "It's a great opportunity at a great club and a big challenge. There are some significant things to fix up but the team's in a great place."

Regarding the decision to leave Featherstone after five years, he added: "It's been a great journey and I did some special things and left them in a great place.

"It was a tough choice but the fans gave me a great send-off and I thank them for that. But time moves on, things change and I am really looking forward to my move."

Orr insisted that to remain as top coach would have been "suicidal" but linking up with Powell in his old post as assistant coach is something the club's chief executive is very excited about.

"Daryl buys into the ethos of club," Steve Gill told Boots N All. "He's more than a first team coach. He gets into the juniors, buys into the sponsorship and does everything. He's the whole package.

"The Orr and Powell partnership is something I think will make this club great again."