Gary was desperate to find work having only been able to find labouring jobs since the closure of V Court Fitness and told his girlfriend Sarah Platt that this could be the perfect opportunity to secure work.
While working at the house, Gary injured himself by falling off scaffolding onto a pile of bricks. While at Weatherfield General, Don promised to keep Gary's job and told him that as he was self-employed, his liability insurance would cover the cost of the damage. However, due to his unemployment, Gary did not renew his insurance in order to save money.
The next day, Gary admitted to Don that he didn't have any insurance as it was usually covered by the firms he had worked for. Don sacked Gary on the spot and told him to expect a letter from his solicitor regarding the cost of the damage to property. To raise the money, Gary went working for a security company in the Ukraine, risking his life to clear the debt.