15th November 2020, 20:52 | Castleford

Gareth O'Brien to stay with Castleford

Gareth O'Brien to stay with Castleford

Castleford Tigers have announced that Gareth O’Brien has signed a three-year deal keeping him at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle until the end of the 2023 Betfred Super League season.

The 29-year-old joined Castleford in August – following the resumption of the season – on loan from Toronto Wolfpack.

O’Brien made eight appearances for the Tigers, scoring three tries and notching seven goals. The former Warrington and Salford man was also named the 2019 Betfred Championship Player of the Season following his performances for the Wolfpack.

O’Brien said: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue my stay with the Tigers and I’m really looking forward to the next three years.

“Since joining it’s been great, I settled in really quickly, the boys have been great, and the coaches have been fantastic. It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and I think we’re a bit glad to see the back of it and we’re all looking forward to 2021. 

“I can slot into both halfback and fullback and that gives us some good options for next year. I’ll be putting everyone on their toes, it’s healthy and helps the competition that a squad need. I’m looking forward to it.”

Castleford Head Coach Daryl Powell added: “I think Gaz showed what an experienced half can add, either playing at half or fullback, he’s pretty flexible and he has been great for us. 

“With Jordan Rankin going home he ended up being a key signing and whichever position he played in he was very good, and we’re delighted he has taken up the offer to stay with us.

“He has great experience, can kick, run, pass the ball, be very dangerous and adds real competition for places at fullback and halfback which is a great situation to be in.”