Powell began work on training the Warrington squad ahead of his first season in charge. “One of the things that I have always done well is to make the most of the individual players and if I can do all of that with these quality players … then we have a team that is right in our hands,” he said. he declares. noted.
By Marc Bazeley
Last update: 11/24/21 11:13 am
Whenever you talk to someone who has worked with Daryl Powell about his best assets as a coach, one area that is constantly mentioned is his ability to help improve players.
Powell’s record at Castleford Tigers over the past eight seasons is proof of that. Indeed, Paul McShane was quick to congratulate his boss for helping him reach the heights that saw the hooker named Man of Steel in 2020.
And it won’t be any different now that he’s taken the helm of Warrington Wolves ahead of the 2022 season, tasked with leading the club into a new era and making his long-standing ambition to win a first Super League title a reality. .
“On and off the pitch everything is going exceptionally well and my job, my role, my passion is adding to that and adding my own pieces to it, and the way I like to work my own style, and the way I am too as a person, ”said Powell.
“It’s just trying to get it all across and really fit in with Warrington as a place and I think I’ve started this process and just want to continue with that.
“Then it’s about getting into the minds of the players – I think we’ve started well – and getting the best out of everyone.
“I think one of the things I’ve always done well is to make the most of the individual players and if I can do all of that with these quality players then make sure they collectively combine from in an exceptional way, then we have a team that is just in our hands. “
Each coach has their own philosophy of how they think the game should be played and integrating that will be the big challenge.
Warrington Head Coach Daryl Powell
A little glimpse of how he goes about it could perhaps be gleaned from the social media videos the Wolves released as the team returned for preseason training, which included Powell demonstrating some simple passing and catching techniques.
It’s fair to say that the former Britain international believes in the old training maxim that the basics are right and the rest will follow, although it is also the work he does at the individual level that also plays a role. key.
One player who has seen the benefits before is George Williams, who sat down for a classroom session with Powell ahead of the return to preseason training and was impressed with the 56-year-old’s approach.
“Daryl’s teams always have the halves combined very well, so hopefully he can teach us a trick or two,” said Williams, whose partnership with Gareth Widdop should help Warrington reach new heights in 2022. Air sports.
“He told me how he liked to play, and we all know he plays a good brand of rugby, so it was obviously exciting when he explained it to me on the whiteboard.
“He challenged me too, which is good. He told me where he wanted me to improve and what he likes about the game.
“It’s really good for me and I want to be challenged and want to improve myself, so hopefully we can get a good combination there.”
Powell does not hide the fact that he has more resources in Warrington than in Castleford. But while his time with the Tigers was all about making the most of what they had, at the Wolves it was more about respecting the facilities they have and using them to the best of their ability.
He told me how he liked to play, and we all know he plays good rugby, so it was obviously exciting when he explained it to me on the whiteboard.
George Williams on Daryl Powell
The first weeks of pre-season have not been without challenges, as injuries and players who were in international service at the end of the year are not yet ready to return means the new boss has worked with around 20 players rather than more than 30 as there usually would be.
Regardless, he’s grateful for giving him the time to work closely with some of the younger members of the squad, like Matty Ashton – whom Powell sees as a winger going forward rather than a full back – and Connor Wrench is already impressing.
Powell is impressed with how easily the team adopted their approach, although he concedes that it will take much of the preseason for the Wolves to be able to execute the smoother and longer approach. wide which won so much praise during its time. in Castleford.
“They all want us to be a very capable team and we’ll have to work pretty hard for that, but the way we’re going to play takes time,” said Powell.
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“Each coach has their own philosophy of how they think the game should be played and integrating that will be the big challenge.
“It’s going to take a little while, but building the culture and the work ethic and all of these basic things, they can be put together.
“It’s a built-in backbone, they know each other, and we’re going to play differently than how Warrington has played the last few years – everyone would expect that well before the start of the season.”