When NRL opportunities arise, you take them and Rory Kostjaysn has a new one as Newcastle Knights Intrust Super Premiership coach.
The former NRL player who played for the Melbourne Storm, the North Queensland Cowboys, takes on the role with the departure of Simon Woolford.
Kostjaysn, who had signed with the Newcastle Knights for 2017, was forced to retire before playing a game for the club due to injury.
Kostjaysn will also continue in his current role at the Knights as elite pathway development coach.
He was also the Knights U16’s Harold Matthews coach, who recently made the preliminary finals.
With help to come from assistant Daniel Fitzhenry, Kostjaysn looks forward to his new role at the Knights.
“It will be a great opportunity to keep coaching and learning at a senior level, with a young and talented playing group,” Kostjasyn said.
“It has been unexpected but this is a challenge I am most definitely looking forward to for the remainder of the 2018 season.”
“Taking on the role, I hope to be a positive influence on the players in their development towards cementing NRL positions in the future.”