Chase set for Castleford return?

Rangi Chase in his previous spell with Castleford Tigers.
Rangi Chase in his previous spell with Castleford Tigers.

Former Man of Steel Rangi Chase looks set to make a surprise return to rugby league with Castleford Tigers.

The 30-year-old half-back was a big hit in his first spell with the Tigers, but after moving to Salford and Leigh he quit the game in May when he was released by the latter and subsequently talked of his battle with depression.

However, it is understood he has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Tigers, starting with immediate effect, and an official announcement is being tipped to be made this weekend.

Chase scored 47 tries in 129 appearances from 2009-13 with Castleford and was crowned Super League’s best player in 2011.

The former Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra player was rarely out of the headlines and after making himself available for England, he went on to play for England in the 2013 World Cup, although he was dropped for the semi-final against New Zealand and never played again for them after a public fall-out with then coach Steve McNamara.

Salford paid the Tigers a substantial sum, believed to be more than £100,000 to secure his services on a four-year deal in 2013 but he spent less than two years with the Red Devils before being released.

Chase then signed for Championship club Leigh but quit two months ago.

Head coach Daryl Powell refused to confirm his signature, saying it was just speculation yet, but Chase was reportedly seen training at Castleford on Thursday.