CASTLEFORD Tigers stand-off Rangi Chase will play for the club tomorrow as speculation intensifies that a deal for his services has already been concluded with Salford City Reds.
The England international is expected to make the switch at the end of the season for a significant six-figure fee.
Salford owner Marwan Koukash had apparently planned on making a major announcement on the capture of Chase and a raft of other signings at last night’s home game with Leeds Rhinos but then decided against it as a matter of courtesy to other clubs.
Chase is set to continue for Castleford at Widnes tomorrow and coach Daryl Powell insists all the off-field speculation will not trouble his squad.
“I take no notice of it,” he said. “I just get on with it.
“I try and prepare the team to play every week and try and improve the players and obviously Rangi is a part of that. I don’t worry about it, to be honest.”
Salford’s young half-back Marc Sneyd is expected to be a makeweight in any deal, probably on a season-long loan.
“Obviously you’ve got to look at scenarios that may happen,” added Powell, who brings in James Clare for Keith Mason in his 19-man squad.
“You are always doing that, but at the moment I’m just getting on with it. We’ve got four games left and we want to win all of those.
“We’ve been so close over the last three weeks to getting results out of performances and not quite been good enough.
“I think it is important we get that right. All the other stuff, we will deal with that if and when it comes around.”
Though they cannot reach the play-offs, Castleford could take Widnes’ 11th spot with victory.
Their hosts were ridiculous in a 72-10 thrashing at Hull FC last week and Powell said: “Obviously they got touched up a little bit.
“But I know their coach, Denis Betts, is a pretty proud man and he will have fired into them in no uncertain terms.
“You expect a reaction from performances and results like that and I am sure he will get one.”