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Exclusive: Rangi Chase reveals sour relationship with Marwan Koukash after failed Salford Red Devils stay

Rangi Chase once had the world at his feet.

The former Castleford Tigers star left the Jungle in 2014 after five years at the club to join Dr Marwan Koukash’s revolution at the Salford Red Devils.

Initially, Chase could not believe the standard of signings that the Palestine-born racehorse owner was bringing to the newly-branded club.

“He sold it to me and the calibre of players he was signing was unbelievable,” Chase told Serious About Rugby League.

“Gareth Hock, for example, he was the best back-rower in the competition. Then Tim Smith who was one of the best halves and Tony Puletua whose career speaks for itself.

“I was like ‘wow I want to be a part of that’ and it didn’t work out that way.”

The New Zealand-born halfback believes that Koukash got too involved and made too many rash decisions.

“I think he had too much to say on being the owner – around 21 people left in that first year.

“It was a lot of people including three coaches – we started off with Brian Noble, then Sean Long, then Iestyn Harris and then Ian Watson. I was only there for three years.

“He got involved too much, he made the culture hard to work with as you didn’t know who to trust.

“You felt like people were watching you and it didn’t end up being a good environment.”

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