Brandon Costin

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Brandon Costin
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993 Souths Rabbitohs 6 4 0 0 16
1994–97 Wests Magpies 60 26 5 0 114
1997 Sydney Roosters 10 6 3 0 30
1998–00 Canberra Raiders 60 18 6 0 84
2001 Huddersfield Giants 25 15 34 1 129
2002 Bradford Bulls 21 8 0 0 32
2003–04 Huddersfield Giants 44 27 60 2 230
Total 226 104 108 3 635
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
USA
Source: RLP

Brandon Costin is a retired professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century. He initially played under the name Brandon Pearson. He played for the Huddersfield Giants, Canberra Raiders, South Sydney Rabbitohs,[1] Bradford Bulls and the United States national rugby league team. His position was stand-off, although he often featured at other positions including centre and loose-forward.

Career[edit]

A Dubbo junior, Costin made his debut for South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1993, before switching to Western Suburbs Magpies for the next season.

Costin spent 4 seasons with the Magpies. In 1994, he made 8 appearances, but managed to score seven tries in the last five games of the year. His try-scoring form continued in the start on the 1995 season, scoring 6 in the first five games. Towards the end of the year he was moved from centre to five-eighth.

In 1996, Costin was a regular in the centres, playing in every game of the season. In the round 12 match against the Gold Coast Seagulls, Costin scored three tries in one match. That year the Magpies played semi-final football, but were knocked out in their first match.

Midway through the 1997 season, Costin made a late change to join the Sydney City Roosters. He went on to play in 2 semi-finals with the Roosters that year, but did not play in the Preliminary Final that they lost.

In 1999, Ben Kennedy and Costin were sent home from training after being involved in a drinking session. There were claims that the pair had taken drugs, and Pearson confessed to taking an illicit substance, but Kennedy claimed to have spat the tablet out. Subsequent drug tests for both returned negative.[2][3][4]

As Super League VI champions, the Bulls played against 2001 NRL Premiers, the Newcastle Knights in the 2002 World Club Challenge. Costin was selected for the interchange bench in Bradford's victory. Costin played for Bradford Bulls at centre in their 2002 Super League Grand Final loss against St Helens RFC. In the 2003 Super League season, Costin was a nominee for the Man of Steel Award and was the 4th highest try scorer, despite missing the last 5 games through injury. He left the club at the end of the 2004 season and went into semi-retirement.

After his retirement from professional football, Costin played and coached with Souths Logan in Brisbane. In 2010 he was coach of the Queensland Residents side.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stats.rleague.com/rl/scorers/players/Brandon_Costin.html
  2. ^ Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 284. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1. 
  3. ^ Danny Weidler and Greg Prichard (1 August 1999). "Canberra to Axe Kennedy". Sun Herald. 
  4. ^ "Stories in 1999". abc.net.au. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Barry Hildebrandt (7 July 2010). "Dubbo’s Maroons on show tonight". Daily Liberal. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 

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