NEW signing Rangi Chase will bring excitement and an ability to crack open a game when he comes straight into the Widnes Vikings line-up for Saturday’s Magic game at Newcastle.
The former Man of Steel and ex-England international has moved to Vikings from Castleford on a season-long loan.
It will give Vikings, anchored to the foot of the table and out of the Challenge Cup, a timely boost.
Coach Denis Betts, who revealed that they had been interested in Chase a number of years earlier, said: “He is a player who is exciting to have in the group.
“There is no doubt that he can play and make things happen.
“This is a positive move; to get someone of his quality – an England international. He is someone who can break open a game and add quality to the side.
“He is exciting and that is something the supporters can see.
“He can put a pass on that nobody else in the game can put on. He has added structure in his game.
“He is excited to come over here and just get on the field more regularly.
“He will play this week.”
The enigmatic half-back started his career in the NRL, representing Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra before moving to Castleford in 2009, followed by spells at Salford Red Devils and Leigh Centurions.
New Zealand-born Chase won the 2011 Man of Steel whilst at Castleford. He earned 11 England caps and featured in England’s 2013 World Cup squad.
As a condition of the loan agreement, Rangi will not be available for selection in any competitive 2017 fixture against Castleford Tigers.
Chase said: “I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to play for Widnes. The Vikings have unfortunately had a difficult run of injuries, which gives me an opportunity to have more game time.”