Super League: Castleford Tigers would not block Rangi Chase's move away
Castleford Tigers have revealed they would not stand in Rangi Chase's way if he decided on a return to the NRL.
Last Updated: 17/04/13 6:22pm
The England international is being tipped to join the St George Illawarra Dragons after stand-off Jamie Soward agreed a four-year contract with the Penrith Panthers from next season.
With renewed speculation the NRL club will come knocking for the 27-year-old, the Tigers have responded by stating Chase will have the final say on his future.
"There is an Australian club that wants Rangi and Rangi has said that he would like to go there," Castleford chief executive Steve Gill told Super League TV.
"We want to keep Rangi - he's our player - but ultimately it's going to be Rangi's call because we don't want to keep a player at Castleford Tigers who doesn't want to be here.
"If he wants to leave, then we'll make it happen and look at compensation."
Chase, who is contracted to Tigers until the end of 2015, has been named in caretaker coach Danny Orr's 19-man squad for Friday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth round tie against Leeds at Headingley, which could be his farewell appearance.
Meanwhile, Gill has denied that cash-strapped Castleford are also poised to sell promising hooker Daryl Clark.
Warrington failed in a bid to land the 20-year-old last year and are thought to have renewed their interest, along with champions Leeds.
Gill said: "Daryl is contracted to Castleford Tigers. Clubs will always be interested in players like Daryl Clark but we have not intention at this moment in time in selling him.
"I brought Daryl into this club as a 13-year-old and I don't want to be the one that lets him go.
"I am not aware of any approaches. There were a couple last year but I'm not aware of any this year."