Chase set for rugby league return

Rangi Chase Widnes

League Weekly are reporting that former Super League Man of Steel Rangi Chase could be about to sign for a local amateur team in Castleford.

Lock Lane and Normanton Knights will battle it out for the 32-year-old’s signature, whose two-year drugs ban ends this July.

It is believed Chase wants to prove his fitness to Championship and Super League clubs over the next few months in an attempt to land a deal.

The former England international tested positive for cocaine while playing for Widnes in 2017 and was sacked by the club, leaving his career in tatters.

However, the New Zealand-born playmaker is now seemingly determined to get back involved in the sport and he is hoping to use the NCL to showcase his talents.

Chase made his name during his first stint at Castleford, where he won the 2011 Man of Steel award and made eight appearances for England over the next two years.

He went on to play for Salford, Leigh and Widnes, while also having a brief second spell with the Tigers, but his career failed to reach the heights of previous years.

Despite his suspension for drugs, many will feel Chase should be allowed the same opportunity as Zak Hardaker to return to the sport when his ban expires on 13th July.

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