Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell was pleased with Rangi Chase’s return to action against Catalans Dragons and reckons he will be an important member of his squad in 2017.
Following his recent club suspension and subsequent battle to get his first team place back Chase has attracted interest from Widnes Vikings, but remains part of the Tigers’ plans and came off the bench against the French side for a lively spell late on.
Powell said: “Rangi Chase had a short spell and I thought he did all right.
“He looked sharp, he ran out of dummy-half and he came up with a smart play from a scrum. He travelled across the line, probably a bit too far, but created an opportunity from which Greg Eden just went into touch.
“He’s a lively player, we know that, and he’s going to play a decent part for us this year.
“I thought he did well for the period he was on.”
Chase was given a good reception by fans when he came off the bench and via Twitter he thanked the supporters, saying: “Awesome to back out where I belong. Can’t say enough about the fans, so much love for you’s - 12 minutes of happiness.”