Daryl Powell is now three days deep into pre-season with his new side Warrington Wolves.
After eight-and-half seasons at the Castleford Tigers, it took many by surprise that he did eventually leave, but the deal was announced early in 2021.
And, for Powell, that meant last season was a tough one for himself – but he also acknowledged the same for former Warrington boss Steve Price.
“It’s been a long time hasn’t it (since the announcement),” Powell told the Warrington website.
“It was always going to be a difficult season for myself and Steve Price just with how early the news broke.
“I was focussed on Castleford last year and I’m just excited now for what’s in front of me.
“I’m three days into working with the players and it’s exciting with the potential that’s here and the quality we’ve got. It’s great to see the quality of the younger players that are here at the club and to keep on growing the culture and the players themselves to see what we can do with such an exciting group of players across the board.”
Powell is keen to change the culture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium just like he did at the Jungle when he first made the move back in 2013 and praised the club from top to bottom in the commitment to the change.
“For me it’s about putting the cart before the horse and making sure we get everything right from a culture and playing style perspective. Everything comes off the back of the work you do really and it’s about getting that work ethic absolutely spot on.
“Right from the start I’ve tried to set out what I expect from the players, us as coaching staff and us all as a group. It’s focussed on success absolutely but you have to get the foundations right.”