Powell plots his next move
Castleford coach Daryl Powell believes the Tigers are in a position to challenge consistently for honours despite the imminent break-up of his team.
Powell has turned the Tigers from relegation candidates into title chasers in his first full season in charge and is hoping to deliver the club's first major silverware for 28 years at the expense of his old club Leeds Rhinos in the 2014 Tetley's Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
The former Great Britain stand-off reshaped his squad at the start of the season and has already started a rebuilding process, with around seven players likely to be coming and going at the end of the season.
The transfers of stand-off Marc Sneyd (Hull FC), prop forward Dan Fleming (Bradford Bulls) and second rower Weller Hauraki (Salford Red Devils) have been confirmed while more departures are expected.
Powell has already begun to plug the gaps with the signings of Junior Moors and Ben Roberts from Melbourne Storm, Matt Cook and Denny Solomona from London Broncos and Featherstone's Steve Crossley.
"There have been rumours all year but it's not taken away from anything we've delivered," Powell said.
"It's the same every year - there's only been Warrington a couple years back when they stayed together entirely as a team over two years. You always get people leaving, so I'm not too worried about that.
"It's about making sure we sign the right players if people move."
Hooker Daryl Clark, whose impressive form this year has earned him a call-up to the England training squad, has been linked with Warrington Wolves but he is determined not to lose his focus despite speculation over his future.
"I'll just concentrate on what I'm doing here and now," he said.
"I'm trying to do my best for Castleford."
The Tigers have never won the league title but they are handily placed for a first-ever top finish in First Utility Super League and Powell is confident he can ensure they are no one-season wonders.
"That's the plan," he said. "We've got to work to develop everything that we're about.
"I think the mentality of the group is that way and, if we can maintain the way that we go about our business, then I think we'll be fighting on all fronts. It's that consistency as a club that we need to find."