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Ex-Castleford Tigers and Love Island star Jacques O’Neill’s “dream job” as he hints at “what’s to come”

Jacques O’Neill has been on some journey over the last 12 months.

A year ago, O’Neill and his Castleford side were dreaming of the play-offs only to miss out in the final round due to a defeat to Warrington Wolves at the Jungle.

Hit by injury, O’Neill looked to ambitions outside of rugby league taking on a Love Island adventure in which he was at one stage one of the favourites to win the reality tv show only to take the decision to leave the show due to mental health concerns.

Since then, O’Neill has done all sorts. He’s attended plenty of Super League games as Castleford again battled for a spot in the play-offs, he meanwhile has surpassed over a million followers on social media and spoken about mental health on podcasts.

However, he’s made a real impact on Sky Sports firstly appearing when Castleford came up short on the play-offs losing to Leeds at Headingley in a play-off shootout before helping them cover the Grand Final this weekend.

According to O’Neill, doing so is his “dream job” perhaps hinting that it could be something he continues to do.

He said on Twitter: “Dream job this weekend working alongside Sky Sports to cover the Super League Grand Final!

“This really is where I’m happiest, being around the sport I grew up playing and love…Massive congrats to St Helens on making history! I really am looking forward to what’s to come.”

So could we see O’Neill become a permanent member of the Sky Sports rugby league team? It would be massive for the sport to have a very famous game routinely involved in coverage of the sport.

Watch out, maybe we will see O’Neill on Sky Sports more often in 2023 either as a pundit or as a player should he return to the field as he has also hinted at.

If he was to return as a player, his former Castleford club would have first refusal.

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