Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has one eye on the future as he attempts to rebuild his team but he is looking for a short-term fillip from tomorrow's derby with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The former Featherstone boss has enjoyed a whirlwind start to his reign at Wheldon Road, taking his squad to the south of France last weekend for his first match against Catalan Dragons, and he is now hoping to pick up a first win on the opening day of the Magic Weekend in Manchester.
“It's been a hectic few weeks,” Powell said. “t's certainly a tough job, there's no doubt about that.
“Obviously there are issues moving forward with the squad and what it's going to look like in the future and that's going to need a fair bit of work.
“We're down at the bottom end of the table so we've got some work to do to inch our way up it. It's a big game this week and we need to perform.''
Powell gained an insight into the size of his task when his side went down 39-30 to the Dragons after trailing 30-6 at half-time but Wakefield also go into the game on a low after crashing to a 44-18 defeat at Hull KR.
“It was a bit of a mixed bag for us against Catalan,'' Powell added. “It was probably a reflection of where we are.
“We concede a lot of points and we can score a lot of points so we've got to re-set the balance a little bit.
“Obviously Wakefield lost as well last week and both teams conceded a fair few points. I think the game will have a lot of intensity about it, it usually does with derbies.
“It's a tough game for us. Wakefield have been under Richard (Agar) for a while now and know exactly what he wants. They are a tough side to play against.''
Wakefield will give a debut to new signing Taulima Tautai, the Samoan international forward who arrived in the country on Wednesday and revealed that he was poised to sign instead for Castleford Tigers until they parted company with coach Ian Millward.
Catalan kick off the Magic Weekend when they play London Broncos at noon, followed by the Castleford-Wakefield derby.
The Hull derby is next and the first day's action is wrapped up by St Helens' clash with Warrington Wolves.