Mate brings Costin back to Comets

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT - Brad Green­shields sport@ coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

WITH more than a decade of play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in both the NRL and English Su­per League un­der his belt, Bran­don Costin could have al­most any coach­ing role he wanted.

Next year though, he’ll be re­turn­ing to where it all started at Coffs Har­bour.

Costin ad­mits it was the lure of work­ing along­side long-time friend Vaughn Dawes that brought him back to the Comets.

“Vaughn and I have been mates for­ever,” Costin said.

“We played first grade here at Coffs when I was still 17 and we al­ways said one day, one day, but then I’d given up a cou­ple of years ago. I said I’m not hav­ing any­thing to do with footy any­more, I’m sick of coach­ing, time’s up.

“He got me in here for a few ses­sions this year and it was the fi­nal lure of be­ing able to work with my good mate and cre­ate a lit­tle bit of spirit and en­joy­ment.”

Costin said the game style he’d try to im­ple­ment with the Comets next year was based around a sim­ple phi­los­o­phy.

“The game is built around pres­sure,” he said.

“You’ve got to coach your team how to ab­sorb pres­sure and ob­vi­ously how to put pres­sure on.

“That comes down to cer­tain struc­tures, pa­ram­e­ters and philoso­phies that we have in place as a group, but the whole game will be around putting pres­sure on the op­po­si­tion.”

Coffs Har­bour pres­i­dent Steve Goo­ley said the Comets were “over the moon” Costin would be coach­ing in 2018.

“His rugby league wis­dom is mas­sive and he has a lot to of­fer for all play­ers, es­pe­cially ju­niors want­ing to take their foot­ball se­ri­ously,” Goo­ley said.

”I know there are plenty of Comets old boys very happy to see ‘Costco’ back.”

PHOTO: BRAD GREEN­SHIELDS

HOME­COM­ING: For­mer NRL and English Su­per League player Bran­don Costin has been named as first grade coach for the Coffs Har­bour Comets in 2018.

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