O’Brien: I’d love to stay longer at Saints

Gareth O'Brien, pictured battling two Huddersfield defenders, would welcome an extension to his current stay at Langtree Park.
Gareth O'Brien, pictured battling two Huddersfield defenders, would welcome an extension to his current stay at Langtree Park.
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GOAL-kicking stand-off Gareth O’Brien says he is enjoying life at Saints so much that he would welcome an extension to his one-month loan.

The talented 21-year-old, who is yet to nail down a regular starting spot for his hometown club Warrington, has impressed since being thrown in at the deep end for Saints against both Huddersfield and Bradford.

And Saints coach Nathan Brown admitted that the loan agreement had already proved “a marriage in heaven” for both parties.

O’Brien, who has previously spent time on loan at Widnes and Castleford, said: “It’s hard to believe but Saints are my fourth club this year. I’ve already played for Castleford, Swinton and for Warrington in the Challenge Cup.

“I was really excited as soon as I got the call from Nathan though and I’ve settled in really well. The first few days were a bit hectic - we had a game nearly straight away - but Nathan, the coaches and the boys have all been really good to me.

“It’s a bit strange pulling on four different shirts in the same season but this is my job. All I want to do is play rugby league. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and will give it 100 per cent.”

He added: “Warrington have got a pretty fit and healthy squad at the moment, which makes it harder for the younger lads to get a look-in. But playing alongside the likes of Paul Wellens, James Roby and Jonny Lomax has been like a breath of fresh air.

“I’m not looking any further ahead than the Salford game at the moment though. Although they’ve not been in the best form they’ve still picked up a few big scalps this season. We won’t be taking anything for granted.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Brown said he hadn’t yet approached Warrington about the prospect of extending O’Brien’s loan, but hinted that he hoped a deal could be struck.

He said: “Gareth suits what we need and we suit what he needs. He’s definitely a Super League player and it’s a bit of a marriage in heaven for both parties at the moment.

“The initial agreement was for one month but it would be nice if we could keep it going. Obviously, that’s up to Warrington though.”