O’Brien on his way out of Langtree Park

Gareth O'Brien is unlikely to play again for Saints following a highly successful loan spell with the club.
Gareth O'Brien is unlikely to play again for Saints following a highly successful loan spell with the club.
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Gareth O’Brien looks likely to have played his last game for Saints, bringing an end a highly beneficial loan spell for both club and player.

The 22-year-old half-back has made seven appearances for Saints while on loan but is currently sidelined after being badly concussed in a match against Catalan Dragons a fortnight ago.

O’Brien has been left out of Saints coach Nathan Brown’s team to play Wakefield on Sunday on the advice of the club’s medical staff and will not be allowed to play against his parent club in Warrington’s next match at Langtree Park on August 30.

The Wolves currently have both regular half-backs, Lee Briers and Richie Myler, on the injury list and coach Tony Smith was unhappy with the performance of makeshift pair Stefan Ratchford and Michael Monaghan in last night’s shock 16-6 home defeat by Widnes.

But Briers is expected to return for the trip to St Helens and O’Brien is likely to provide back-up during the play-off series.

“I don’t think he’s going to be directly needed to play but he’d be unlikely to play against us in the next match and it’s unlikely that we’d head into a finals campaign without him as our back-up,” Smith said.

“I’ve had some discussions with Nathan and Gaz about all that and we’ll make a final decision.”