Last month saw Sam Powell call time on his Wigan Warriors career and made the switch to Warrington Wolves, bowing out on his 12-year spell at the DW Stadium with another Grand Final win to his name.
Powell is still only 31 though and as seen with the likes of James Roby hookers can play well into their 30s at an elite level, however Powell already has his eye on what is next to come.
Making the switch to join the Wire following a whopping 274 appearances for Wigan marked a bold move for the number nine, but he’s spoken about the prospect of coaching helping motivate the move.
Having worked under the likes of Michael Maguire, Shaun Wane, Adrian Lam and most recently Matt Peet, Powell has quite the education in the sport and having worked with some of Wigan’s young guns he intends to do the same at his new club.
“First of all, it’s what I see myself doing after the game, so I don’t see the point in waiting until after I’ve finished playing to gain that experience,” Powell said to Sky Sports.
“Just looking at lads when they came in from signing as scholarship players, they make such a change in two years, and you can have a big influence on people in whether they want to choose rugby league or it’s not for them.
“I just enjoy seeing them come in as boys and leaving as young men into the first team and giving them certain aspects, not even in rugby league but lessons in life they can take forward whatever they choose.”
It’s clearly not a retirement admission from the 31-year-old, more so a road plan for what he expects at his new club as he heads into the twilight of his career.
He also talked about the desire to immerse himself in Warrington’s club culture and history after having been a one-club man for so long previously.
“I’ve come very open-minded,” Powell said. “Although I know people who play for the club at Warrington, I don’t know too much about it.
“I started a few days ago and that’s something I’m going to have to learn very quickly. I’ve been through the history of the club and trying to get a sense of what it means to the fans, because they’re so passionate.
“I love playing here on Friday nights and it’s something I want to be a part of.”