Daryl Powell has been at Castleford for eight-and-a-half years.
In that time, the former Featherstone boss has transformed the Tigers from perennial strugglers to silverware hunters, winning the League Leaders’ Shield in 2017 and steering the club to three major finals.
Because of that, Powell believes he should get a “good reception” from the Castleford faithful once he returns to the Jungle as Warrington head coach from 2022.
“I mentioned it tonight and the crowd started chanting a song about Warrington that I can’t repeat,” Powell joked.
“These guys know I’ll always love this place as I’ve been here for so long, but that’s rugby league and professional sport, you move to different places and I’d expect a good reception – I don’t see why I wouldn’t!
“People that have given so much to an organisation should earn that respect.”
Despite a stellar time at Castleford, Powell’s men failed to qualify for the play-offs for the second season in succession.
“We just gave ourselves too much to do, the first couple of tries were soft defensively with a little bit of luck for the next two with the bounce of the ball.
“Then we’re chasing a game which was always going to be difficult, but I said to the boys at half-time to just find our way back into the game, but then we gave another breakaway try away.
“If we look at the tries they scored, we just gave too much away.
“I was so proud of the second-half effort and if we had been anywhere close to that for the whole game then we would have been tough to beat.”
Powell also had kind words for those Tigers players that would not be at the club in 2022.
“It was a great send off for players and coaches that have given a lot of effort and sacrifice to the club not least people like Shenny (Michael Shenton) and Millo (Grant Millington) who have been stalwarts for the club.
It was so disappointing for Shenny to finish like that (with a dislocated shoulder).
“If he had been a part of that second-half comeback then he’s got that touch of class that can craft things from nothing and he wasn’t able to finish how he wanted to.”