Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Rangi Chase has signed a new one-year deal for the 2017 season, with a club option to extend for a further year.
The news was announced live tonight by Tigers CEO Steve Gill at the annual Castleford Tigers Supporters Club presentation evening.
Chase rejoined the club in July this year and he is delighted to have been offered the chance to remain a Tiger.
He made his second debut for the club against Warrington Wolves just two weeks after rejoining. His partnership with Luke Gale was a welcome boost for the Tigers and helped Castleford propel themselves to five wins from seven in the Super 8s.
Chase said: “I feel good, It’s really good to come back!
“This year was about playing to see if the club wanted to keep me and I am over the moon.
“I’ve had some good times here and it’s good to come back to a group that is capable of winning something in these next few years. We have a strong group of players and the club has turned around a lot from when I was last here.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell believes Rangi has done enough to earn himself the new deal.
He said: “I am really pleased to retain Rangi for next season. He has fitted back into the club well and there is so much more to come from him.
“He has been out of the game for a while so his fitness levels need a pre-season, but he has shown in his brief time back that there is still the talent and ability there.
“I am looking forward to seeing him grow into the way we play during pre-season and I am very confident he will be part of an awesome attacking threat for us next year and beyond.”
Tigers chief executive Gill added: “Rangi will be a great addition to our 2017 squad.
“I don’t need to explain what Rangi brings to the team and the options it now gives us at half-back. The permutations we now have with Luke Gale, Ben Roberts, Tom Holmes and now Rangi Chase will surely give Daryl a few good headaches, as we take another step towards our goal of breaking into the top four in 2017.”