Salford ace Gareth O’Brien joins Toronto

Toronto Wolfpack have signed Gareth O’Brien from Salford Red Devils for an undisclosed fee with immediate effect.

Salford were approached by Toronto last week with an offer for O’Brien but the full-back told the Red Devils that he didn’t want to leave.

The Wolfpack’s offer was then turned down, only for O’Brien to change his mind a day later, and speak to Toronto officials, eventually agreeing personal terms.

In a statement released by the Red Devils, it read: “The Red Devils while disappointed in this sudden change of heart but, not wishing to retain a player who was not 100% committed to Salford Red Devils, granted the appropriate permission.

“Salford Red Devils then issued an undisclosed fee for the transfer which was met and the player has since agreed personal terms with the Wolfpack over the weekend.

“While the Club is sorry to see Gareth leave, Salford Red Devils are keen to maintain a squad that is fully motivated and committed. With that in mind the Club are currently active in the market for replacements and will make further announcements regarding the strengthening of the squad in due course.”

Toronto head coach, Paul Rowley, said: “An opportunity came up to bring in a quality fullback like Gareth and it was too good to miss.”

“It’s rare that a player of his ability becomes available and so, with one eye on succession planning and also the immediate, we have no hesitation in bringing Gareth to the club.

“The competition for places will continue to increase along with our efforts to progress further as the season unfolds.”