NRL veteran signs with new QLD Cup side, the Townsville Blackhawks

Neville Costigan

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.

“I 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.” 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.

“Signing a player of Neville’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.

“A player of his standing not only bolsters our forward stocks on field but also contributes to our off-field success”.

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.

“Neville 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.”

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