Group 2 breeds talent for city
ALONG with the fantastic playing talent the region has produced, VB Gold Group 2 is building a huge reputation for grooming top-shelf rugby league coaches.
Former Coffs Harbour Comets junior Brandon Costin (formerly Pearson) is the latest local product to hit the NRL big time after being chosen to take the assistant’s role to Brian Smith at the Sydney Roosters, runners-up to St George-Illawarra in last week’s grand final.
Ironically, Costin spent 1991-92 playing for the Dragons when Smith coached that side and their relationship has remained strong over the years.
“What Brian does, he does well,” he said.
“Like Tim Sheens and Wayne Bennett, they do what they do really well.
“That’s what I want to learn, that’s what I want to know.
“I’m really keen to learn from someone who I believe is one of the best.”
Costin’s contract at the Roosters commences on November 1 and he replaces Trent Robinson, who has joined Les Catalans in the English Super League.
Most recently Costin spent two seasons coaching Sunshine Coast Eagles in the Queensland Cup, taking them to a maiden premiership at his first attempt.
Previously, he was involved with Souths Logan Magpies in the Brisbane competition and it was with this side he last made his presence felt locally.
Costin led the side as captain-coach when they participated in the Orara Valley Sevens during 2007, eventually taking out the tournament with a controversial 48-44 ‘golden point’ victory over Fiji Bati.
He follows the trail blazed out of the Coffs Coast by David Waite, who went from teaching at Orara High School while coaching Sawtell’s under-18s, to a lengthy NRL career which culminated with his appointment as Great Britain’s Test coach.