Powell prefers Super League stays

08 December 2017 20:53:25 GMTPlus11

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has rejected the theory that more English players should seek to gain experience in the NRL.

The Australian competition is acknowledged by most as the sport's top club competition, and many believe that England will stand a better chance of success at international level if more players make the switch.

But Powell, who led the Tigers to the League Leaders Shield in 2017, would like to see Super League retain its top stars.

"I think if we had everyone playing in the NRL they'd all be playing the Australian way rather than our own. Do we really want that?" said the Castleford boss.

"Our half-backs should be allowed to be a little different, so I wouldn't say playing them in the NRL is a good idea," Powell added.

He also challenged 2017 Man of Steel Luke Gale to prove his doubters wrong, after his performances for England in the World Cup divided opinion.

Powell added: "Luke did some good things. I think he'll have wanted to play consistently better, but I do think it was a tough job; as a half-back at the very, very top level - it is. I do feel he'll learn from the experiences, though, and get better for them.

"That's what it's about. He needs to build on his outstanding season here with another one and then keep himself in that form I'm sure he'll continue to grow as a player at the very top level, for his club and for England."

Castleford return to Super League action on Friday 2nd February, when they travel to face St Helens.

The Tigers can be backed at 5.00 to win the Grand Final, with Saints 5.00 and Wigan Warriors 4.50.

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