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.

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.”