Widnes Vikings have completed the permanent signing of half-back Rangi Chase from Castleford and secured the long-term future of promising youngster Danny Walker.
Chase, a former Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner, joined the Vikings on loan in May and after impressing during his short time at the club, has agreed a two-year contract.
Meanwhile 18-year-old Walker, who is regarding as one of the brightest young talents in Super League, has signed a club record four-year contract at the Select Security Stadium.
“Both of these deals represent a real statement of intent by the Vikings, with two outstanding talents committing their futures to the Club,” said Widnes head coach Denis Betts.
“Rangi has made a big impact since his arrival, contributing well both on and off the field. He has exceptional abilities and, as an international standard half-back, adds real quality to the team. We have seen in recent results the benefits of his skill and experience on the field. To permanently secure a player of his abilities is a sign of the Club’s ambition.”
“Danny is one of the most promising young players in the Super League. His commitment to a four-year contract shows his belief in what we are building at the Vikings. We believe that Danny will be a big part of our future and I am pleased that he shares our ambitions by committing to this contract.”
Rangi Chase added: “I have loved my time with the Vikings, since day one. I’ve been welcomed here with open arms by the Club, my team mates and the Members. My experience here has been overwhelming, so it was an easy decision to sign this permanent deal. I’m looking forward to working with Denis and my teammates over the coming years, to help it grow and enjoy success.”