Warrington Wolves boss Daryl Powell has his say on Jacques O’Neill’s future following Love Island exit

On Monday night, Love Island viewers tuned in to watch an incredibly emotional Jacques O’Neill say his goodbyes to the villa after admitting he wasn’t being the best version of himself.

Whilst coupled up with Welsh beauty Paige Thorne, Jacques has faced a rocky relationship in recent days following antics in Casa Amor – where he was faced with six different girls in a different environment – and has since been trying with all his might to repair the damage.

However, O’Neill’s mood had considerably worsened as epitomised by yesterday’s bombshell when new boy Adam Collard walked in with his eyes firmly planted on Paige.

That seemed to tip the scales for Jacques and he lost his rag in last night’s episode, stating towards Adam: “Have you been f**king off? Who the f**k is he? Just another geezer who’s been on the show? He can f**k off then mate.”

That behaviour worried Paige with Jacques then beginning to realise the error of his ways. And, after professing his feelings for his partner, O’Neill revealed his decision to leave the Love Island villa in one of the most emotional moments in reality TV in recent years.

Jacques was keen to emphasise that he would ‘wait for Paige on the outside’ and that he wanted her to be ‘his girlfriend.’

A move back into rugby league has been touted with O’Neill returning to the Jungle to see his former Castleford teammates.

And, former Tigers boss Daryl Powell has concluded that he hopes O’Neill returns to rugby league.

“It’s been interesting watching! I’ve never watched the show but I watched it just to see Jacques,” Powell told Wire TV.

“He started off pretty well – I thought he came across really well early on.

“He’s come out of there and he’s talked a little bit about his mental health and that sort of thing and hopefully he’s alright – that is the main thing.

“His mum’s class; she’s such a lovely woman, so I know she’ll look after him.”

After being asked if he might work with him again, Powell confessed: “I don’t know. He’s going to be modelling isn’t he and be in showbiz?

“He’ll be like Rylan (TV Presenter – Rylan Clark). He’ll be flying,” Powell joked.

“If he could get back into rugby league and get to his potential, then look, he’s a Super League player every day of the week.”

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