Recently-retired trainer Brendan Powell is looking forward to a new chapter after revealing he is to join Joseph O'Brien's powerful team.

The rider of 1988 Grand National hero Rhyme 'N' Reason, Powell announced on Tuesday he was handing in his training licence.

However, it has not taken the 59-year-old long to find himself a new job, confirming on Sky Sports Racing's Racing Debate programme on Sunday that he is set to return to Ireland for what he described as a "fantastic opportunity".

Powell said: "I've been to Ireland a couple of times in the last month or six weeks and I popped into Joseph O'Brien's a few times. I went over there again on Friday and I'm going to go and join him.

"Joseph has a big yard and he's going places. I've had a few mornings there and it's fantastically run with great staff.

"Joseph, I think, wants to spend more time in the yard, so I'm going do a lot of the racing and hopefully look after some owners and syndicates.

"I'll be in the yard on a morning - hopefully when the horses are schooling." He added: "There'll be a lot of travelling and a lot of racing especially, which I do enjoy.

"It looks a fantastic opportunity. I never thought I'd go back to Ireland to live, as much as I love it there, because I've been here since 1977.

"I've got to an age now when I need to do something where the pressure is off. I'm really looking forward to it."

O’Brien, 25, has been based in County Kilkenny since he was officially granted a trainer’s licence in June 2016, a couple of months after the end of his successful career as a jockey.

Running a dual-purpose stable, O’Brien quickly combined quantity of winners with quality, scooping a first Group 1 success within months of starting when Intricately won the Moyglare Stud Stakes. More was to follow in his second year as a trainer, with Rekindling memorably winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

O’Brien continued his run of big-race success in 2018 with two Grade 1 wins at the inaugural Dublin Racing festival, including Edwulf’s remarkable Irish Gold Cup triumph, and a first Classic soon followed when Latrobe won the Irish Derby.

He officially became a Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer last month when Band Of Outlaws won the Fred Winter. Early Doors added a second festival success two days later.