Castleford coach Daryl Powell would love nothing more than to leave the club at the end of the season with his hands on a major trophy.
Powell announced at the start of the season he would be moving on at the end of the year, with it then being confirmed that he would be joining Warrington, with Wolves coach Steve Price returning home to Australia at the end of the year.
Castleford meet Warrington in the Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday and the fact that both coaches are departing adds an extra incentive to each team’s desire to win one of the two major trophies on offer and victory at Leigh Sports Village this weekend will take one of the coaches a step closer to a fairytale finale.
Powell is also taking his assistant Ryan Sheridan and support staff Danny Evans and Steve Mills with him to Warrington in 2022 and says players will also be leaving the Jungle at the end of the season, which adds to the burning desire to leave a legacy.
He said: “From an emotional perspective, there will be players leaving at the end of the year and those boys want to bow out with doing something special.
“I’ve been here eight years and, although we’ve been to a Wembley final, we haven’t won a major trophy yet and it’s something we’d dearly like to change in these next eight weeks.
“First we have to get there and that would mean a massive amount to everybody concerned, even more so the players and coaching staff who are not going to be here next year.”
Super League champions St Helens take on Hull in the other Challenge Cup semi-final.