Costin’s words of praise

Date published: Thursday, May 16, 2013
PHIL Costin’s youth development work at Whitebank is underpinned by “massive” support from Scott Naylor and his No 2 Lee Spencer.
Speaking about the backing of Oldham RL’s senior coaching double-act, under-20s boss Costin said fans should be aware of the extent of their involvement in the club’s youth policy.
He said: “They’ve taken me under their wing and I’ve learned more in the six months they’ve been here than I did in 12 years as a coach in the local amateur game and the two years I was at Roughyeds before they arrived.
“I can’t praise them enough, either for the help they give me personally or for the interest they show in everything that’s going on at under-20s level.
“They are first-class coaches with a Super League background, who complement each other perfectly. The way they go about things puts them streets ahead of anything I have known before.
“They are passionate about getting things right at all levels of the playing side of the club.”
He said prop Aaron Hall and full-back Mike Halsall were signed on the recommendation of Spencer, who introduced another young player to the club at Tuesday’s training session.
Costin’s squad, mainly comprising 17 and 18-year-olds, is thought to be the youngest in the division.
They take on York City Knights at Whitebank tomorrow (Fri) night (8pm kick off), although for this one both clubs have agreed to play up to five over-age players.
The Roughyeds’ five, who will be out to make it three wins in a row for the under-20s, will be identified tonight when first team and under-20s train together at Oasis Academy Oldham on Hollins Road.
Added Costin: “At under-20s level it’s all about player development, recruitment and putting structures in place to provide a pathway to the first team.
“The club will reap the benefits in years to come.”
Before joining Oldham, Costin coached Saddleworth ‘A’, Shaw Rhinos and Saddleworth under-18s at a time when they had six youth internationals.
While at Shaw, he coached the rank outsiders to a shock Standard Cup final win in 2004 with wins over Saddleworth in the semi-final and Waterhead in the final.
Before taking up rugby league, he was a world kick-boxing champion and 5th dan black belt in jiu-jitsu.