O’Brien signs for Haven
Whitehaven Rugby League are delighted to announce the signing of Marcus O'Brien on a one year deal which will see the utility forward wear Chocolate, Blue & Gold in 2023.
O'Brien who joins from near neighbours Workington Town after spending three seasons at Derwent Park joining ahead of the curtailed 2020 season. O'Brien made 35 appearances for Workington across the three seasons scoring seven tries in his time at Derwent Park.
Speaking about signing for Haven, O'Brien said "I'm really looking forward to playing in the Championship again, I've had a good few conversations with Jonty and I'm looking forward to playing for the club.
I know a lot of the lads already here at the club and looking to play with the local lads who I know such as Newts, Callum, Jammer (Jamie Doran). I was really disappointed with the way last season panned out so I really want to have a good go next season.
Head coach Jonty Gorley spoke of O'Brien's signing saying " It's great to get Marcus on board for next season. I've always admired the way Marcus plays the game, although only small in stature this takes nothing away from what he gives on the pitch. The way Marcus carries the ball puts the defenders under pressure because he is flat out and runs as though there's nothing in front of him.
Defensively Marcus has a great technique, it doesn't matter who is coming at him his tackle selection is always spot-on. Even though we've lost a great player in Tom Wilkinson I see Marcus as the perfect replacement, same as Wilko, he'll do a great job as a middle and can also fill in at 9 if needed."
Thanks once again to the Whitehaven RL Vice Presidents who have made this signing possible. The fundraising that the Vice Presidents do is enabling the club to put together a squad for 2023 to compete on the field. If you wish to join the Vice Presidents please message their social media pages.
Attached picture shows Marcus in the middle to the Left is Neil Goodwin and to the right Alan Charlton both members of the Whitehaven RL Vice Presidents.