Chase departs Tigers for Widnes loan

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Former man of steel Rangi Chase has left Castleford Tigers to join Widnes Vikings for the remainder of the Super League season.

Chase has made just three starts for Super League leaders Cas this season and has been told his contract will not be renewed beyond the end of the campaign.

And the England international will swap the top of the table for the bottom to join Widnes, who have won just twice this season.

Chase told the Tigers' official website: "I have nothing but love for Cas as a club, the players, coaches and backroom staff, including the fans, it's a place that will always be close to my heart. 

"There are people who are in front of me in my position that are playing very well and some awesome young talent coming through. 

"I'm aware that I wasn't in the plans for the future and I would like to thank Cas for granting me this opportunity to go out and play as much as I can, and I have Cas to thank for making me fall back in love with my childhood dream again."

The Tigers cannot recall Chase, but he will not be able to play for Widnes against Cas next Friday as part of the loan agreement.