Chase content to stick with Cas


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Rangi Chase, in line to become the season's most decorated individual, has pledged his immediate future to Castleford. The New Zealander will be unveiled today as the winner of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal as Super League's player of the year. Yesterday he was named in the Dream Team – the only player from outside the play-offs to win that accolade – and he is a leading contender for Man of Steel.

"The medals are very nice, but I'd rather be playing semi-final football," he said, but denied that the unfulfilled ambition made him keen to move on. "I don't know where those rumours come from. Maybe someday it would be good to play for one of the big clubs, but right now I'm happy where I am." Chase (below) has two years left on his contract and Cas are talking about a further two.

The Catalan Dragons' forward, Steve Menzies, has become the oldest player ever selected for the Dream Team at 37. Wigan and Warrington have three representatives each. Leeds, for the first time, have none.

Hull have named the Australian Peter Gentle as their new coach. The Wests Tigers' assistant will arrive this winter on a three-year contract, replacing Richard Agar, who is moving to Wakefield. Hull's new director of rugby, Shaun McRae said Gentle had been the outstanding candidate. "He is one of the brightest coaches in the game," McRae said.

Batley have called a press conference for tomorrow, when they will confirm John Kear as their new coach.