Leigh admit Chase interest still alive

Leigh Centurions are still in the hunt for Rangi Chase, after their head of rugby Derek Beaumont admitted the club are still interested in new faces after securing a change to their salary cap.

The Centurions have already signed fresh faces like Harrison Hansen and Cory Paterson for 2016, as they look to improve on a disappointing performance in The Qualifiers last season, when they ultimately failed to get promotion to Super League despite finishing top of the Championship.

But Beaumont has revealed that they can now spend £1.3m dependent on their budgets, and says they’re still in the market for fresh blood – with Chase amongst them.

“We received confirmation from the salary cap manager that under new rules we can spend £1.3m based on our budgets submitted,” he said in his column in the Leigh Observer.

“This means there are no issues of juggling around the million pound cap with the players we signed. It also means we can recruit further, subject to a cash bond deposited with the RFL.

“I am committed to signings that were really subject to finishing sixth as per our plan. Whether it’s Rangi Chase, who is widely reported to still be available, or another quality player, it needs a further commitment from someone.”