Professional rugby player Jacques O’Neill said he would bring ‘laughs’ and ‘good vibes’ to the Love Island villa as the ITV2 dating series confirmed he was the latest candidate looking for romance.
The 23-year-old from Cumbria is believed to be the ex-partner of Gemma, the daughter of former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who has been in the series since the start of last week.
In the teaser for the show’s Sunday night episode at the end of Friday’s show, Gemma can be heard saying, “Oh my god, that’s my ex-boyfriend.”
When asked why he was single in an interview published by the show, O’Neill, who underwent surgery for a hamstring injury, said: “I broke up with my ex and then I saw someone else.
“I was so focused on my rugby and then I got this injury. I think it has to be the right person at the right time.
On what he could bring to the show, O’Neill said, “I’m going to make people laugh. I’m very direct – I don’t beat around the bush. Just good vibes.
Her entry into the villa will shake up the series even further, after Gemma was stolen from Davide by Luca during Friday’s recoupling.
O’Neill, who said he would be more likely to date him for a walk rather than go out for dinner or a drink to “see what she’s talking about,” added that he falls in love “quickly” and ” I literally know if they’re going to be my girlfriend in a week. I’m falling pretty fast.”
The sportsman said he was a good catch because “I’m loyal, I’m respectful and I have good manners. I will take care of a loved one as much as possible”.
He said he would like to have a baby “in two or three years”, adding: “I think I would be good with babies too, they would be beautiful, wouldn’t they?”
Castleford Tigers confirmed the release of hooker O’Neill on Friday but said they had the first option to re-sign him if he wanted to resume his rugby league career.
Meanwhile, Liam Llewellyn will give his first live interview on Sunday night’s episode of Love Island Aftersun after making a shock outing on Friday night.
Liam made the decision to leave the villa after just four days on the scheme, telling his fellow islanders: “Obviously we all came here for the same reason, but I don’t really feel like giving 100% to Liam.
“I know what 100% Liam looks like and I’m miles away from that.”
Love Island continues Sunday at 9 p.m. on ITV2 and ITV Hub.