After Jacques O’Neill’s Love Island journey, another rugby league player took to the Love Island villa in the shape of Keanan Brand.
The former Warrington Wolves outside back who joined Leigh in the 2021 season on loan before making the move permanently in the 2022 season and helping the club return to Super League.
However, he has not had the chance to play in Super League since their promotion as the outside back headed to the Love Island villa as O’Neill did last year.
Brand was the latest Love Island bombshell to drop in and ruffle some feathers however his Love Island journey is now over after he was booted off tonight.
🚨 Double bombshell allert! 🚨
Rosie and Keanan are ready to turn some heads #LoveIsland pic.twitter.com/HlGERuShpC
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) February 23, 2023
Speaking about Brand’s decision and what the future holds for him after the Villa, Leigh boss Adrian Lam said this week:
“Keanan is a funny guy and a really popular member of the squad.
“He approached me about it and I spoke with Derek Beaumont.
“Since the moment he mentioned it to us, the club has got right behind him.
“We’ll support him through this process and when he comes out we’ll give him the time to get right and play his part in the group.”
Adrian Lam on Keenan Brand entering the @LoveIsland villa. ☀️#Leythers pic.twitter.com/Vj8kqLG74U
— Leigh Leopards (@LeighLeopardsRL) March 1, 2023
Thus, it appears we could see Brand back in Super League before long which can only be good for marketing.
After the departure of Brand from the Villa, Leigh said:
“You’ve done us proud, Keanan.
“All of us at Leigh Leopards can’t wait to welcome you back home.”
You’ve done us proud, Keanan. 🙌
All of us at Leigh Leopards can’t wait to welcome you back home. 🐆#Leythers pic.twitter.com/Nv46Of4eFE
— Leigh Leopards (@LeighLeopardsRL) March 2, 2023
Returning back to Leigh, this seems in contract to Jacques O’Neill. Since leaving the Love Island villa Keanan’s predecessor O’Neill has done a lot to promote mental health and the like and has also helped promote Super League appearing on the likes of Sky Sports as a pundit.
But the big question has always been, will he return to rugby league?
On Sky Sports he suggested that a return could be close:
“I’m hoping soon, I’m hoping sooner than I thought, I’ve got to be honest. I miss it. When you love something when you’re a kid, you miss it. I want to be back.”
So, O’Neill could be set to return to rugby league sooner rather than later.
If he did, the Tigers would have first dibs on him.