Getting to know Danny Evans

Posted: Friday 16th August 2019 - 5:24 PM

Evans came over to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle having been appointed the head coach of the under 16s. 

He said: “I joined the club last year and started at the scholarship as the head coach. My role has now evolved into the assistant of the under 19s and also working at Airedale high school working with the category three academy.”

“I normally tend to work with senior players but to give something back to the youth is really good. There’s some exciting juniors that are coming through here at Castleford.”

“I spent nearly 25 years down at Featherstone Rovers in total with playing and coaching. I coached there with numerous coaches but spend nearly five years with Daryl Powell and Ryan Sheridan. 

“Then, when an opportunity came to work at Castleford Tigers, I jumped at the chance.”

In his first season with the under 16s, Castleford won seven out of eight games; missing out on an unbeaten season in their last fixture against the Bradford Bulls. 

Despite that, Evans believes that the youth system at Castleford is packed with talent.  

He added: “We’ve had four youngsters that have been picked for England this season and I think there could have been a couple more that could have been selected. Some real good prospects are coming through for the future.”

Last Thursday Evans watched on as his Castleford England Talent Pathway side kicked off their Tri-Series campaign against Wakefield. 

“We started our England Talent Pathway Tri-Series and we’ve had nearly 40 lads that registered. High numbers at games, decent crowd, and that’s something we’ll be looking to grow next year when we launch our new Tigers Talent Pathway.”

“As a club you can’t always get it right. There’s always going to be a lad that sneaks through the net. There’s always a lad that’s out there. And that’s what we’re out here to do – to find the next player who hasn’t quite got in the scholarship at the moment.”

Evans is also set to run the clubs category three programme. This is a initiative which has been set up for players who missed out on selection for scholarship. It gives those individuals a second chance at possibly breaking into the fold. 

He explained: “With category three, players go on to do a BTEC in sport but also they get some coaching and they’ll have access to use the facilities here at Castleford Tigers. That’s a stepping stone for them to then come in to our under 18s which is going to be reformed next year. And then the pathway from the 18s to the reserves. We’ll be looking for recruitment for that next year.”

Enrolment for the programme takes place at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on the 23rd and the 24th of August. It begins at 11.30 am and will be led by Danny Evans himself. 

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