Rangi Chase: Hull FC move was only 'Plan B'
RANGI Chase has claimed his high-profile proposed move to Hull FC was never anything more than 'plan B' on his part.
The England half-back has spoken for the first time about the long-running speculation linking him with a switch to the KC Stadium.
Hull's director of rugby Shaun McRae last week finally admitted defeat in the club's pursuit of the ex-Man of Steel.
He blamed red tape for making it impossible to obtain a visa, and claimed Castleford had 'moved the goalposts' in terms of demanding a transfer fee for the star.
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But Chase, who is now being linked with a switch to St George-Illawarra Dragons in the NRL, says talks with Hull were only initiated as a back-up, as he feared he could have his deal at the Tigers terminated for disciplinary reasons.
And he says he has always been happy to continue playing for the Tigers.
"Everyone has been talking and I've not been able to say anything. What happened was I messed up and went out drinking before a game about four months back," Chase told Yorkshire Radio.
"I got in trouble but it didn't really get sorted and I was left out in limbo for a few weeks.
"When that happened the rumours started and the situation got worse and I had the impression I was going to get sacked. We got in touch with Hull and that was the 'Plan B' for me because I thought I was going to lose my job.
"Plan B started to look more warming to me, but I was always happy at Cas. It has been made out like I want to leave, but that isn't the case, I just had to come up with a 'Plan B' because I was scared for my job and had to try and sort something else out.
"It didn't happen going there and I won't be going to Hull. If I leave Castleford it will be to the NRL and Cas are ok with that, but the deal has to be the right move for me."
Hull had hoped to bring Chase in on a loan deal when the initial approach was made back in the summer.
The Mail understands all parties agreed on the move, including the Castleford board, only to see the problem of a new working visa, which initially wasn't believed to be needed, preventing the deal from happening.
Hull then continued their pursuit of Chase, this time as a new signing for the 2013 season.
However, the visa troubles continued, and Castleford's demands for a fee killed the talks.