O’Neil has been a good player for us and an example of how beneficial a loan arrangement can be for both clubs and the player. Widnes have had the benefit of a decent player available to cover a key position for nine games; the player has had game time in a competitive environment; and Wigan have a young player who has kept fit and gained experience with game time.
Good luck to him at Wigan and hope we can resume the loan arrangement, if Tomkins shows no signs of returning. Lewis Else has not let us down, but we do need more cover at hooker.
It also shows the downside of the loan arrangement, which seems to be one-sided in favour of the parent club. What is the point of a year long loan, if the parent club can call them back at short notice? There should be a minimum notice period for a player to return. I presume we have to pay for a loan player and wonder whether the club taking the loan player can end the loan arrangement without notice eg if we no longer need the cover as injured players returned.