Rangi Chase has signed a two-year deal with Leigh, as the Centurions gear up for taking another tilt at reaching Super League in 2016.
The player has attracted controversy over the years, not least for being picked for England, but is capable of sublime skill when he is on song.
Wether or not he can be a positive force at Leigh seems to something of a moot point, so we took to Twitter to ask the rugby league faithful their views on the move.
Some, like Ash Williams (@ash_williams88) were in no doubt about the matter, and welcomed Chase to Centurions unequivocally.
Great signing for the club ?? https://t.co/B8WqXqTS9T
— Ash Williams (@ash_williams88) November 25, 2015
Others, like the infamous, and often bitingly funny, satirical account RL Disciplinary (@RugbyDiscipline) took a more cynical line about Chase’s talents.
— RL Disciplinary (@RugbyDiscipline) November 25, 2015
A similarly wary tone was taken by MancRed (@DixonMikeymd) who wondered how coach Paul Rowley would cope with managing so many ‘interesting’ personalities at one club.
— MancRed (@DixonMikeymd) November 25, 2015
Others, like Mr F (@MRFRugbyLeague) thought that Chase had made the wrong decision when he departed from Castleford.
Sad to see Rangi end up in the Championship. In a place he doesn’t belong. Should have stayed at Cas. #rugbyleague
— Mr F (@MRFRugbyLeague) November 25, 2015
Another line was that Chase was going to be playing at a level of competition which is not appropriate for his talent. Certainly that was what John Wallwork (@Johnwallwork1) thought.
@loverugbyleague waste of a talent playing championship rugby
— John Wallwork (@Johnwallwork1) November 25, 2015
Andy Sharpe (@sharpster69) agreed with John:
— andy sharpe (@sharpster69) November 25, 2015
Obviously, a pivot player like Chase needs to develop good partnerships in a team. The Kiwi has sometimes struggled to find the same wavelength as team-mates, and Lee Hick (@hickster1972) felt that Chase may struggle in this regard again at Leigh.
— lee hick (@hickster1972) November 25, 2015
So the rugby league public seems undecided when it comes to Chase and his chances of success at Leigh.
While the Kiwi has supreme talent, there are concerns about how he will fit in at the club, and whether he can be a true team player.
It’s over to you to show us what you can do, Rangi…
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