Castleford Tigers trio sign new deals

Castleford's Danny Orr
Castleford's Danny Orr
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ASSISTANT-COACHES Danny Orr and Ryan Sheridan and conditioner Ben Cooper have all committed their immediate future to Castleford Tigers.

The trio have each signed a three-year contract extension, bringing them into line with head coach Daryl Powell and keeping them at the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Powell said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our coaching staff have agreed to extend their stay at the club.

“I believe we have a staff that is second to none. We have worked exceptionally hard as a coaching group to build a culture and an identity as a team and I am so pleased that Danny, Ryan and Ben will continue their journey with myself and the club as we seek to do special things at the Tigers.”

Powell added: “As coaches, these three guys are right at the top of their field and as blokes they are such great people to work with. I would like to congratulate all of them on their new deals and I look forward to getting our teeth into driving standards even further in the coming seasons.”

Orr is a former Tigers player and captain and had a spell as caretaker coach before Powell joined the club four years ago.

He said: “The way the club is going, the way our team is going, it’s a special place to be and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

“This place is home, I’ve been supporting Cas since I was seven, to play and captain this team and now to coach this team is an honor and it’s the place I want to be.

“We have a good group of coaches and it’s great for me to learn from Shez and Powelly. All the staff are great, we all work really hard but it’s a really active environment and we enjoy what we do.”

Sheridan, also a former Tigers player, was a teammate of Powell at Leeds Rhinos and worked with him on the staff at Featherstone Rovers.

“Not only have we got a great group of players who have developed over the past few years and grown into a special group, it’s the same with our coaching staff too,” he said.

“We’ve known each other a long time and we know how each other works and we’ve got a great relationship. We’ve all got different qualities that add together to make a great coaching staff.”

“It’s looking bright for the future at all levels of the club. From the Scholarship, to the under-19s to the first team there is some consistency throughout and some quality players through all grades.

“To be part of their development and part of us growing as a club is massive for me.”

Cooper added: “I really admire the work Daryl has done to get the team where it is right now. I get on really well with Matty Crowther our head physio, we have a great working relationship and our assistant coaches are superb and will themselves make great head coaches in the future.

“The people behind us, our assistants here are brilliant and I can’t speak highly enough of the coaches we have here, it’s a pleasure to be part of it.

“Our players deserve a lot of credit. They are working hard in training and keeping their feet on the ground. We are in a good position right now, but there is still a lot of work to be done and we need to make sure we hit the ground running and end the season positively.”

Castleford's head coach Daryl Powell speaks to his side after the Grand Final loss (Picture: SWPix.com)

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