Gareth O’Brien had signed for Bradford Bulls

Warrington Wolves scrum-half Gareth O’Brien admits he did sign a deal with the Bradford Bulls for 2015, but has paid tribute to the club for allowing him to be released from that contract to remain at Warrington in 2015.

O’Brien has penned a one-year deal with the Wolves for next season, after initially agreeing on a deal to join the Championship-bound Bulls, and former coach James Lowes. He admitted to the Telegraph and Argus that it was a “strange situation” to be in, but has credited the Bulls for pulling out of the deal and releasing him back to Warrington.

“It was a strange situation. I’d signed for Bradford but it all fell through in the end,” he said.

“Tony came to me earlier in the year and we were unsure whether there was a place for me in the team.

“I thought it might be a good move to take a step back into the Championship and have a really good season there, then hopefully have something to fall back on the following year.

“Credit to Bradford and Jimmy Lowes, they were willing to release me back to my parent club so I could stay in Super League. I’ve got to really thank them for letting me fulfil my career in Super League.”