Limerick’s Greg in the running for Love Island gig

Greg O'Shea who is in the running to become host of Love Island.

LIMERICK’S former Love Island winner Greg O’Shea is now being backed to be the next host of the popular dating show following the news that Laura Whitmore is planning to step down.

The 27-year-old Corbally man won the 2019 series alongside Amber Gill and has now thrown his name into the hat to host the next series.

Earlier this year, Greg launched his own fitness app which features workouts, a wellness section, and a Q&A link to chat directly to the former rugby player.

The Olympian often shares his own fitness and wellness journey to his account which boasts over 950,000 followers.

But now Greg’s focus is returning to Love Island as the rugby sevens star has been cut to 25/1 from 50/1 by Boyle Sports to become the first male host of the show.

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“Limerick man Greg O’Shea has made his intentions clear that he would like to host Love Island. Punters like the idea too as we had to cut the 2019 winner into 25/1 from 50/1,” Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said this week.

However, Longford woman Maura Higgins is also fancied for the role and she appears in great demand as she has been linked to the presenting role on Big Brother when it returns next year.

The Irish model is now 11/4 from 9/2 for the Love Island gig, but Maya Jama, who was second favourite when Whitmore landed the job in 2020, is the leading candidate at 6/4 from 3/1 to be handed one of TV’s most coveted presenting roles.