Castleford Tigers are aiming to make Michael Channing’s move from London a permanent one.
After the Guildford-born outside back produced an impressive two-try display against Salford last Sunday Tigers boss Daryl Powell revealed that he was hoping to sign the 21-year-old beyond the terms of his current deal with the club.
Channing is on loan from London until the end of the current season, but Powell wants to have him on board on a long term deal.
He said: “Michael played really well against Salford. He showed he’s good on his feet, pretty strong, runs good lines and defended really well under a lot of pressure.
“I’ve been impressed with him. He’s a top kid, he’s quick and has got good skills. He defends well and he’s grown with what we’ve been doing. He’s someone we’ll be looking to sign in the coming weeks.”
Channing was pleased to hear of Powell’s praise.
He said: “When your head coach is telling you that he wants to sign you then it gives you confidence. You’ve got to be confident in this sport, otherwise you’re going to get lost.
“I wasn’t too happy with my first game for Cas but I have been happy with my last two games against Widnes Vikings and Salford.
“I’m training hard and my main goal is to earn a permanent contract with the club.
“I’m going to do all that I can in the last game against Wakefield at the weekend and do as much as I can in the last few sessions to try and impress Daryl.”
Castleford, meanwhile, are resigned to losing Rangi Chase with the former Man of Steel widely expected to be announced as having signed for Salford in a press conference this morning.
Powell said: “If Rangi’s seen it fit to go and play somewhere else then that’s his prerogative. The club will do well out of it and we’ve got to make sure that what we end up with next season is a positive situation.
“We’ve got a lot of good players here and we’ll have a lot of good players coming in who will create a different mix and a different feel and I’m confident it will be a positive one.”