O’Hara launches attack on Crusaders

Former Crusaders Captain Ryan O’Hara has launched an attack on the club after it was revealed they had been invited to play in the Co-operative Championship One next season.

Speaking through the club’s official Facebook page, O’Hara slammed the club’s plans to play in the third tier of rugby league after revealing over half a million pound was owed to players.

“How the **** can Crusaders have a team when they owe me £40,000 and other players money adding up to over £500,000? I would love for you people to have a team to support but we spent three years blood sweat and tears to walk away with nothing.”

O’Hara went on to say “How about all you fans go and work for three years at your job and get paid zero, pretty sure you would hate it.”

When fans stated that the new consortium setting up this team in Championship 1 had nothing to do with the previous administration which withdrew their Super League franchise application, O’Hara continued to vent his frustration.

“I’m owed thousands of pounds so how dare you try and start a new club up with the same name that I spilt blood over for no money.

“Go and ask your boss to not pay you for three years then hang around and do the best job you can for him and see how you like it.”

This is not the first time frustations have boiled over by players connected to Crusaders after many former stars including Mark Bryant, Rhys Hanbury, Ben Flower and Jarrod Sammut made their feelings clear on Twitter after Crusaders withdrew their Super League licence decision.

O’Hara, now 31, joined Crusaders in time for their debut Super League season in 2009 and has led from the front as captain. He previously had spells with Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders.

The Australian prop-forward is now on the books of Hull KR after signing for them shortly after it was announced that Crusaders had withdrew their Super League licence application.

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