The newest addition to the Intrust Super Cup, the Townsville Blackhawks, have been forced to work hard to form a competitive side and their recent addition is their best one yet.
Just who is it? One NRL veteran in Neville Costigan. A former QLD Origin player and Papua New Guinean international, the veteran forward has signed a 2-year deal with the Blackhawks.
Having played almost 200 games across the NRL and the Super League for a variety of clubs including the Brisbane Broncos, the North Queensland Cowboys, the Newcastle Knights, the Canberra Raiders and Hull Kingston Rovers, his signing is a huge one for the new club.
â€œI am looking forward to a new challenge both on and off the field and I am thankful to Hull KR for the understanding and professionalism they have displayed in allowing me this opportunity to return to Queensland and play in the Intrust Super Cup.â€ Costigan said.
The club are pleased to have such an experienced player in their ranks and for the Blackhawks Football Operations Manager Adrian Thomson, the signing will have a big impact for the club.
â€œSigning a player of Nevilleâ€™s caliber will have a significant impact on our club as well as the entire competition because players like Neville excite the fans and raise the profile of the game in the region,” said Thomson.
â€œA player of his standing not only bolsters our forward stocks on field but also contributes to our off-field successâ€.
Costigan has been training with the side since November and as a fierce competitor, Blackhawks coach Kristian Woolf knows how valuable his side can be.
â€œNeville is well respected in the playing group and he has a unique strength about him as a competitor,” said Woolf.
“He is a welcome addition to our team and I am sure he will impress when he takes to the field.”