Chase in talks over return to Australia
Castleford’s England international Rangi Chase is in talks with his old Australian club St George Illawarra, the Tigers have confirmed.
The future of the 2011 Man of Steel, who is currently with England on a training camp in South Africa, has been the subject of increasing speculation and Castleford today acted to quash rumours that he had signed for the Dragons.
In a statement, Tigers chief executive Steve Ferres said: “Rangi is in talks with the club but to date, no transfer has been agreed and he remains a Castleford player.”
Chase, 26, has three years left on his contract after signing a new deal only 12 months ago, but speculation has surrounded his future ever since he was suspended by Castleford in June for breaching club rules on drinking alcohol before a match.
A proposed switch to Hull FC fell through due to visa difficulties but New Zealand-born Chase, who caused a stir 12 months ago when he switched his allegiance to England, revealed on the eve of his departure to South Africa that a move away from Castleford was still the most likely option.
“There is still interest from St George and, if a deal comes, it’s a bonus because obviously there is better money over there,” he said at the time.
“I’ve got a young family now so I’ve got to do what’s best for them.”
Ferres has said the club would listen to offers for their star player but would only agree to release him if it was in the interests of the Castleford.
Chase joined the Tigers from St George in 2009 and settled in the west Yorkshire town.