Castleford return is like coming back home says Chase

Rangi Chase after his last appearance for Castleford Tigers.

Rangi Chase after his last appearance for Castleford Tigers.

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Rangi Chase will be back training at Castleford Tigers from tomorrow morning following confirmation that he has rejoined the club on a deal until the end of the season.

The former Man of Steel has signed a deal to play for the Tigers until the end of the 2016 season, with a club option to extend the deal further.

He will head straight back into training with his new team-mates on Monday and could play for Castleford in their next game, which is against Catalans Dragons at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle next Sunday.

The 30-year-old England international stand-off admits that he has never been happier than in his Castleford playing days and is relishing the chance to return to the club he calls home.

He said: “I’ve been thinking about rugby a lot while I’ve been away from the game, and I’ve been thinking about my Cas days, as those were the times when I was really happy.

“When the opportunity came up to come back to this great club I took it with both hands, I wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip away from me,

“It’s like coming back home for me, I love the people here. This move is purely about the badge and the way it made me feel when I played for it.

“I feel so blessed to be here and I thank God and everyone at this great club for giving me a second chance at Castleford Tigers.”

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “I am really pleased to be able to add to our squad at such a crucial stage in the season.

“Rangi is a high quality player who knows so much about Castleford Tigers and what it means to play for this club,

“It’s a great opportunity for Rangi to make a big impact again in Super League and for us it gives us great competition for places in such key a key position as half-back.

“I look forward to welcoming Rangi to the club and seeing him pull on the famous shirt yet again.”

Speaking on the signing Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said: “Daryl and I have talked at length about the possibility for Rangi Chase to rejoin our club and I’m delighted to give Rangi this opportunity and bring him home.

“He’ll add a real flair and competition for places at such a vital time in our season.”