Phil Costin

Date published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ROUGHYEDS are delighted to have appointed local man Phil Costin as head coach and man in charge of their newly-adopted Championship Scholarship scheme.

Aged 48, Phil has spent the last 20 years in the local amateur game as player and coach and he is a man with a vast knowledge of under-18s rugby, having spent the last four years as coach of Saddleworth Rangers under-18s — a post he relinquished earlier this year.

This will be his first appointment with a professional club, but he was looking for a new challenge in the sport after four years at Saddleworth and he is said to be “chomping at the bit”.

Said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton: “In any appointment like this it is important to get the right person in charge. Phil was the first person we approached and we were absolutely delighted when he accepted the role.”

Phil was a comparative latecomer to rugby league, having excelled in martial arts before joining Saddleworth as a player at the age of 28. Before that he was five times world welterweight champion in kick-boxing and he qualified for his first coaching badges in ju-jitsu at the age of 20.

He also served for a spell on that sport’s Senior Technical Committee — a national organisation involved with the organisation and running of the sport.

Having always been interested in rugby league — and a keen fan of Oldham RL — he quickly settled into life as a Rangers player and played for them for eight years.

He then coached the ‘A’ team at Rangers for four years before spending the next four years as coach of open-age side Shaw. Aged 44, he returned to Rangers as man in charge of the under-18s.

In the last four years he has spearheaded considerable success at that level with a club record number of Rangers players signing for professional clubs or winning amateur youth international honours for the Community Lions or BARLA.

He said: “I’ve supported Oldham all my life, and I got the call from the club at just the right time because I was looking for a new challenge. I left Rangers early in the year because I had been there for four years and I think that was long enough for both the lads and myself. I think they needed a new voice.

“I like to think I have a lot of experience at this particular age group, and I can’t wait to get started on what is a particularly exciting project for the Roughyeds to take on.

“My goal is to get as many players as I can up to the first team via John Hough’s reserve side — and we will have a genuine pathway with achievable goals.”