Rangi Chase given Rochdale Hornets’ number six shirt ahead of 2022 season

Rangi Chase has been handed the number 6 shirt for Rochdale Hornets heading into the 2022 League 1 season.

Chase, 35, made the mid-season switch to Hornets during the 2021 season, bringing a wealth of experience to Matt Calland’s side, though the New Zealand halfback couldn’t inspire the Lancashire club to promotion.

The 2011 Man of Steel winner made his club debut against North Wales Crusaders at the Crown Oil Arena, which saw the half-back break his arm in the first-half, which limited his game time this season.

“I’m over the moon to have signed again,” Chase previously said when he signed the deal with the Hornets.

“Last year was a year we all couldn’t have written. From day one, the club was ‘A’ class since I arrived, Andy Mazey to Steve through to Matt Calland and the rest of the coaching staff and the players.

“Although I only had a handful of games, I feel like it’s my duty to give back to the club who have shown me support. I’m happiest I’ve been in a long time and that will contribute to my performances next year.”

Chase who is most fondly known for his maverick style of play, made a name for himself at the Castleford Tigers after moving to the Jungle in 2009 before winning the Man of Steel in 2011. Spells at Salford, Leigh, Castleford again and Widnes followed, but he was forced to take a two-year spell out of the game after being suspended.

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