Widnes Vikings have been unsuccessful in their efforts to sign Castleford’s Rangi Chase.
The former England international was back in the Tigers side for their win against Catalans last weekend, after missing the previous two games following an off-field incident.
The move was part of a continued drive to acquire some new players in light of the poor start they have made – The Chemics have picked up just one point in their first six games.
Widnes head coach Denis Betts has not had much luck in terms of injuries so far, with half-backs Joe Mellor and Tom Gilmore both being ruled out for over two months at the start of the season.
Hep Cahill is the latest casualty, after picking up a knee injury during the defeat to Hull which will keep him on the side lines for the next six weeks. Widnes are already missing three forwards in Manase Manuokafoa, Alex Gerrard and Eamon O’Carroll.
Next up for the Vikings is a trip to the Leigh Centurions this Saturday, who will be looking for a response after being edged out at Wakefield.
The Centurions have made a good start at home so far, winning three out of their four matches at the Leigh Sports Village and narrowly missing out in the other game against Leeds.