Hull fail in Chase visa bid

James Gordon

Hull have failed in their bid to sign Rangi Chase from Castleford ahead of today’s transfer deadline.

Chase, 26, had agreed terms to make the switch to the KC Stadium, but the club hasn’t been able to get a visa for the England international in time for him to join the Airlie Birds for the rest of this season.

According to reports, recent changes to the visa process caused some difficulties, although Hull will still look to sort out a visa for Chase for next season.

Hull chairman Adam Pearson has confirmed to the press that the club will sign a new pair of half-backs for next season, and are believed to be close to signing a scrum-half, in addition to Chase.

Pearson said: “Last year’s recruitment was way off where it needed to be. This club is screaming out for top quality players. You get what you pay for.

“We will get it right. We want young, hungry internationals.

“We’re disappointed we couldn’t get Rangi (now), but we will keep trying. We’ll try and get over the hurdles.”

Earlier, Castleford chief executive Steve Ferres confirmed that Hull had been applying for a visa for Chase, who will now instead line-up for the Tigers in Sunday’s match against Warrington, if selected.