Ex-Castleford Tigers and Salford Red Devils star Rangi Chase makes big future decision

There is a good argument to make that there is no one perhaps as talented as Rangi Chase to step foot on a rugby league field.

Able to mesmerise his own teammates as well as the opposition, the mercurial halfback has settled at the Rochdale Hornets for the past few seasons.

Chase, of course, first came to the UK shores to join Castleford Tigers way back in 2009, registering over 100 appearances with the Tigers until moving to the Salford Red Devils at the end of 2013.

A series of off-field issues contributed to the New Zealander moving to the Leigh Centurions, back to Castleford and then to Widnes Vikings where he was given a two-year ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

After being cast out in the wilderness for two years, Chase returned to rugby league in May 2019 with Doncaster with owner Carl Hall being instrumental in helping the diminutive playmaker get over his demons.

West Wales Raiders provided the halfback with a chance to get out of Yorkshire and Lancashire, but that stay in 2020 didn’t last long and he came back to Lancashire in 2021 to join the Hornets.

Since then, Chase has excelled in League 1 as Rochdale attempt to earn promotion back to the Championship with the 36-year-old impressing with each passing week at Spotland.

However, the former England international has recognised that he still has a lot to give the game with Rochdale reigniting his love for the game.

Chase tweeted: “Been asked if I’m retiring this year… My answer is hell no. I’m enjoying it I love this game. When I can no longer perform. I’ll wave the white flag. Until then I’ll enjoy and love what I’m doing until I can’t.”

If there is one talent who could go on past 40 it is Chase – and what’s more he feels as fresh as he always has done.

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