Warrington Wolves head coach Daryl Powell is in a massive rebuilding phase at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
After making the move from the Castleford Tigers – where he spent almost nine years – ahead of the 2022 Super League season, the former Leeds Rhinos and Featherstone Rovers boss has endured a difficult year so far.
Just four points ahead of Toulouse Olympique who occupy bottom spot in the Super League table, Warrington go up against the French side tomorrow night in what is being dubbed as a ‘relegation four-pointer.’
With regards to Warrington’s spending power, this position was unheard of at the start of 2022, but now it is very much reality, with Powell recruiting and shipping out a number of current Wire players to other clubs.
The likes of Mike Cooper and Josh Charnley have already departed whilst Ellis Longstaff is currently on loan at Hull FC where he his playing week in, week out for Brett Hodgson’s side.
And, having been asked about the future of Longstaff, Powell was coy, remarking that he would make a decision on the forward’s future at the end of the season.
“Well we are just going through that process at the moment so I won’t discuss that too much,” Powell told Wire TV.
“That is something to fix up behind closed doors, but he is playing consistently at Hull at the moment and he is enjoying that so I will discuss that at the end of the year.”
Powell was full of praise for Longstaff and echoed how good it is to see him play on a consistent basis.
“The one thing he is getting is getting good Super League experience at the moment.”
Among those new signings, two have arrived before the end of the season in the shape of Thomas Mikaele and Matt Dufty, whilst Josh McGuire, Paul Vaughan, Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson will arrive ahead of 2023 pre-season.