Cas may allow Chase exit
Castleford Tigers will not stand in the way of Rangi Chase if he insists on returning to Australia.
The England international's move to St George Illawarra appeared to move a step closer today when incumbent stand-off Jamie Soward agreed a four-year contract with Penrith from next season.
The Dragons failed in a bid to re-sign their old player last year and are thought to have made a renewed offer for the 2011 Man of Steel and a deal could go through within days.
"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 Rhinos at Headingley, which could be his farewell appearance.
"Rangi will be playing on Friday and we'll deal with it after that game," Gill added.
New Zealand-born Chase, who turned 27 earlier this month, joined Castleford from St George in 2008 and switched his allegiance to England three years later after qualifying through residency.
He has been an England regular since making his debut against France in 2011 and is a member of coach Steve McNamara's elite training squad preparing for the 2013 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Gill has denied that cash-strapped Castleford are also poised to sell promising hooker Daryl Clark.
Warrington Wolves 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 no 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."