Castleford have severed their ties with controversial half-back Rangi Chase.
The 31-year-old former England international, who was the subject of an internal investigation by the Tigers following a second off-field incident of the season, has moved on loan to Super League rivals Widnes for the rest of the year after coach Daryl Powell confirmed he was no longer part of his plans.
Chase, who rejoined the Tigers on a short-term deal last July after spells with Salford and Leigh, was given a contract for 2017 with an option for 2018 but has now played his last match for the club.
Castleford chief executive Steve Gill said:
Castleford do not have the option of a recall but say Chase will not be able to play against them this season.
Monday's surprise announcement brings to an end Chase's love affair with the Tigers.
He enjoyed a hugely successful first stint with the club from 2009 to 13, during which time he won the 2011 Man of Steel award as well as eight England caps after switching his allegiance from New Zealand.
Chase expressed his delight on his return to the club but he was dropped in February following an alleged breach of discipline and was investigated for a second time after an incident at last Thursday's Challenge Cup tie between Featherstone and Halifax.
"I have nothing but love for Cas as a club, the players, coaches and backroom staff, including the fans," Chase said in a statement released by Castleford.
Chase, who has made nine appearances in Super League this year, will bolster a Widnes side badly hit by injuries. Half-backs Tom Gilmore and Danny Craven were among 12 senior players absent for Sunday's 34-20 Challenge Cup defeat by Warrington.
The Vikings have also signed Warrington back-row forward Sam Wilde and winger or full-back Jack Johnson on a month's loan.
Widnes say Chase will report for training on Tuesday and come into contention for Saturday's opening match of the Dacia Magic Weekend against Wakefield in Newcastle on Saturday.
Vikings coach Denis Betts said: