Castleford Tigers boss Ian Millward faces a tricky selection decision ahead of Sunday’s game against Wigan, but has confirmed that Rangi Chase will return after suspension.
In Chase’s absence as he sat out the second match in his ban the Tigers produced an impressive display to draw with Catalan Dragons with his replacement, loan signing Gareth O’Brien, landing the late drop goal that clinched a point.
Now O’Brien faces the prospect of being left out unless Millward can find another role in the team for him.
Millward said: “Rangi Chase is a world class player who in the last two games would have turned maybe defeat or draw into victory.
“It was tough for him to miss the games. I represented him at the hearing and it will be the last time I will go because obviously I’ve got no idea.
“He has probably been our best trainer and he’s so skilful. Against Leeds he was instrumental in two tries and he started the season well.
“I am not being detrimental to anyone, but Rangi would have made a difference and he’ll make a difference against Wigan. He will definitely come back into the team.
“Gareth is on a month’s loan and we will work out what to do with him for the next two games then he will go back to Warrington.”
Millward hopes to be able to include Weller Hauraki despite the second row forward picking up a nose injury in the Catalan match.
He added: “Weller suffered a bloodied nose when he was hit with a high tackle that the referee and linesman didn’t see. He can’t remember too much of the last five minutes, but he’ll do a head test and I expect he’ll be all right.”