Daryl Powell's May ROAR column
Posted: Friday 22nd May 2020 - 11:01 AM
In his monthly column in our club magazine ROAR, Head Coach Daryl Powell gives his thoughts on the RL Government loan and much more.
So here we are six weeks of lockdown at the time of writing and still a real sense of the unknown around the world, never mind the world of Rugby League. There seem to be some green shoots of hope, that we can start the climb out of a very difficult period for the human race and get back to some sort of normality, but no one knows quite what that will look like. I hope this issue of ROAR finds you all in good shape for the challenge ahead.
In lockdown, we as a team have stayed connected through the many forms of media available to us with Zoom being a favourite meeting format. We have had twice-weekly meetings as a coaching staff to discuss the players and what they are doing from an individual training perspective. We have also tried hard to maintain our sense of humour through all of this with twice-daily player videos. These contain many different elements with a day in isolation being a consistent theme, these videos have been great to keep a smile on frustrated faces of the players.
It was great to see the Government support our sport with a cash injection that should really help the game to get through this unprecedented period, I hope there aren’t too many strings attached and it is a genuine attempt to keep our great game healthy.
I am hoping that we can start to get our players training in the next month or so and working towards the restart of our season as soon as we can in a safe way. It looks like the games will be played initially behind closed doors, no doubt this will be a difficult situation as we are used to a fair few thousand of you guys cheering us on. We need though to get back to doing our jobs and give you all something to smile about and we cannot wait for that to happen.
I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone involved in the club for their hard work and resilience through all of this. From Mark at the top who has had a real tough time navigating us through the financial storm to all off-field staff, and of course, the coaching staff and players have been rock solid. You have all shown what a tremendous club, filled with awesome people, we have.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon, take care.