Every man and his dog now knows that Daryl Powell will be leaving Castleford, but perhaps few understand why.
For Powell, it was time to go after being at the Jungle for such a long time.
“I think coaching is about having an impact on an organisation, there aren’t many coaches that get to eight or nine years within an organisation,” Powell said on Sky Sports’ Golden Point Podcast.
“I believe I’ve had a really positive impact at Castleford since I’ve been here and I still think the players believe in me and I believe in them.
“There comes a time in every coach’s life when you need to move on – my opinion was that the club needed freshening up and I did too and that both would benefit from that.
“I believe that telling the club was the right thing to do – I knew it would create difficulty for me, but I think it was important for the club to get the right man to replace me.”
Powell is determined as ever to win something before he bows out at the end of the season.
“I do my job every single day to the best of my ability – I work with the players, I don’t think I could do anymore than do what I’ve done in terms of keeping us focused.
“There are some challenges, clearly it’s difficult with different people’s perceptions but all I can do is keep doing my job.
“The last thing I would want is to walk out of this awesome club having not won something and that’s something I’m striving so hard to do.”