Hull are facing a race against time to sign Castleford half-back Rangi Chase ahead of today’s transfer deadline.
Chase, 26, is reported to have accepted terms at the KC Stadium, with the two clubs having agreed a fee for the England international, who is under contract with the Tigers until 2015.
However, Hull are having problems securing a visa for the New Zealand-born star, who was handed a suspended two-year prison sentence for causing grievous bodily harm last year.
Tigers chief executive Steve Ferres: “It is true Hull FC have expressed an interest in Rangi, and Rangi has expressed an interest in joining Hull FC; however Hull will have to apply for a visa for it to go through.
“Hull’s intention was to sign Rangi before Friday’s 2012 season transfer deadline which is at 2pm. Should the visa not be complete Rangi will remain contracted to Castleford Tigers until 2015. He remains available for selection for Sunday’s match at home to Warrington and our coaching staff are happy with how he has trained with the team this week.”
Chase has made 100 appearances for the Tigers since arriving from St George Illawarra Dragons ahead of the 2009 season, but has been out of action for the past few weeks, having been suspended by the club.
That suspension was lifted last week, and he was named in the Castleford squad for Sunday’s Super League clash against Warrington.