St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust told a members' forum the reason the Dragons hadn't been able to sign England halfback Rangi Chase was because the money he had earned in Super League this year would have to be included in the club's 2013 salary cap.
The Dragons boss said the club had not finished recruiting for next season and hoped to add a halfback and back-rower to the list of new signings already announced, which include Gareth Widdop, Dylan Farrell, Joel Thompson and Warrington prop Mike Cooper.
Chase and Feleti Mateo were the two players initially targeted for those roles and Doust said it had been hoped they would join the club before the June 30 deadline for player transfers.
However, St George Illawarra did not have enough room in this season's salary cap to accommodate Chase after being told they had to include the value of his sizeable Castleford contract as well as what they were going to pay him.
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