CASTLEFORD Tigers have fought off competition from home and abroad to secure the long-term future of prized stand-off Rangi Chase.
The 25-year-old former Junior Kiwi (pictured), who is on a three-man shortlist for the 2011 Super League Man of Steel award, had been linked with moves to Leeds and Wigan despite having two years left on his contract.
The Tigers say Chase also had offers from overseas, including from rugby union, but today he put an end to the speculation by signing a two-year extension which will keep him with them until the end of 2015.
Castleford chief executive Richard Wright said: “We are absolutely delighted that Rangi sees his long-term future here with Castleford.
“We have beaten off global interest for his services from both codes of rugby and believe this to be a huge statement of our intentions moving forward as a club.
“In Rangi we have signed, in our opinion, the best all-round player in Super League, a player who has proven his ability both domestically and on the world stage.
“He is a player that we, the board of directors, are determined to build a successful team around and believe, at 25 years of age, he is still to reach his peak and play his best rugby.”
Chase has completed his third and easily his best in Super League and his commitment to the Tigers is a significant boost for new coach Ian Millward.
Chase said: “I’m happy that I’ve signed and got it out of the way.
“Cas is home for me now and with Ian and the new staff coming in, I’m confident the club is heading in the right direction.
“I’ve been here for three years and I wanted to repay the club for giving me an opportunity. I want to be part of the success that we are going to have here in the future.”