Widnes Vikings have completed the signing of the former England international Rangi Chase on a two-year deal.
Chase, 31, is currently at the club on a loan deal from Castleford Tigers until the end of the season, but he will remain with the Vikings beyond the end of the season after agreeing a permanent deal with the Super League strugglers.
Denis Betts’ side has improved since Chase’s arrival, winning three times in his five appearances for the club. They had managed just two wins in their previous 15 games.
His capture was one of two big pieces of news for the club, with them also confirming that hot prospect Danny Walker has signed a new four-year contract with the club.
The 18-year-old has impressed during his breakthrough year, making six appearances for the club this season.
Walker’s retention is seen as a big piece of business for the club, with other Super League clubs understood to be tracking his progress.
“Both of these deals represent a real statement of intent by the Vikings, with two outstanding talents committing their futures to the club,” said head coach Denis Betts.
“Rangi has made a big impact since his arrival, contributing well both on and off the field. He has exceptional abilities and, as an international standard halfback, adds real quality to the team. We have seen in recent results the benefits of his skill and experience on the field. To permanently secure a player of his abilities is a sign of the club’s ambition.
“Danny is one of the most promising young players in the Super League. His commitment to a four-year contract shows his belief in what we are building at the Vikings. We believe that Danny will be a big part of our future and I am pleased that he shares our ambitions by committing to this contract.”