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Gareth O’Brien opens up on the struggles of not being paid

Just over a year ago, Castleford’s Gareth O’Brien didn’t know when his next paycheque would come through.

Having been signed by Toronto for their promotion push to Super League, O’Brien and his Wolfpack side had reached the big time come 2021.

However, that soon went awry when, following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the club detailed that they could no longer fulfil their Super League fixtures.

For O’Brien, that began a dreadful time of waiting to be paid – something which has still not happened.

“Not getting paid was something I wouldn’t wish on anyone or not knowing what your future holds rugby wise,” O’Brien said.

“It wasn’t nice and it still hasn’t been resolved – we still haven’t had our wages from Toronto but that doesn’t really matter at the minute as I’m at Cas now and that sort of stuff will take care of itself.

“It’s ongoing at the moment with the GMB, but I’m sure that will be taken care of in due course.”

O’Brien, on the other hand, is thoroughly enjoying his time at the Jungle.

“I’m enjoying my time here, the Toronto debacle was hard for everyone going through that, but Cas came in and threw me a lifeline and I’m very fortunate that they’ve signed me on a permanent basis.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last 12 months and I’m really looking forward to the next two years.”

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