Saints extend O’Brien’s loan deal

St Helens' Gareth O'Brien is tackled by Huddersfield Giants' Danny Brough and Shaun Lunt.
St Helens' Gareth O'Brien is tackled by Huddersfield Giants' Danny Brough and Shaun Lunt.

SAINTS have struck a deal with rivals Warrington to extend goal-kicking stand-off Gareth O’Brien’s loan agreement.

The talented 21-year-old, who has impressed since securing a one-month loan last month, could be set to stay on until the end of the season.

But Saints coach Nathan Brown, who has already described the loan deal as “a marriage in heaven” for both parties, warned that things could still change if Warrington suffer an injury crisis.

He said: “I’m pleased to report that Tony Smith is more than happy for the kid to stay on as long as their squad stay fit and healthy. So, for the time being, he’s definitely here.

“As things stand he could stay on until the end of the year. I would certainly like him to stay but loan agreements must always work for everyone involved.

“He’s doing a good job for us and, the more he plays, the more those combinations with the players around him will develop. We’ve got a few players back in key positions recently which has helped too.”

Earlier this month O’Brien, who is yet to nail down a regular starting spot for his hometown club, told how he would welcome the opportunity to stay on at Saints.

He said: “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.

“All I want to do is play rugby league. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and will give it 100 per cent.

“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.