Costigan content with Blackhawks role
He's represented his state, country and owns an NRL premiership ring, but veteran forward Neville Costigan is content on continuing to ply his trade in the Intrust Super Cup with Townsville.
The Blackhawks secured the services of the former Maroons forward on a two-year deal late last year in what was a significant coup for the fledging club.
Costigan was playing in Super League with Hull KR before his switch, but negotiated a release from the final year of his contract due to family reasons.
Plagued by off-field discretions during his early playing days, the 30-year-old has now become a crucial component in the Blackhawks success this season and has taken on a mentoring role for younger players.
Despite attracting interest from a number of NRL clubs, the former Broncos, Raiders, Dragons and Knights enforcer quashed any talk of adding to his 169 first grade appearances.
"No, definitely not," Costigan said when asked if he still dreamt of playing NRL football.
"I'm happy doing what I'm doing up in Townsville – I'm close to family up there who live in Mackay."
It will be 759 days since Costigan last played at Suncorp Stadium but he'll finally get another chance to play at the venue in Sunday's Intrust Super Cup grand final against the Ipswich Jets.
"After leaving the NRL I didn’t think I'd come back here to play but it's special occasion and I'm looking forward to it," he said.
"A few of the younger boys have asked me questions about finals and I've given them a bit of advice here and there so hopefully it helps."
While the Mackay Wests junior is relishing his return to Suncorp, he says the all-conquering Blackhawks aren’t feeling any extra pressure to deliver in the decider after finishing the season as minor premiers.
"At the start of the year we thought about making the semi-finals which was a big step for us and we've done that," he said.
"We spoke about being consistent and I reckon we've done that. Now all we want to do is take the [grand final] out.
"We're close enough to do it so hopefully we can."
Although the 2010 Premiership winner and six-time Origin player knows his side won't have it all their way against the entertaining Jets.
"They are a very tough team to play but we've just got to worry about ourselves," Costigan said, who also represented Papua New Guinea on six occasions.
"Defence is especially important because they play a different type of footy.
"If we concentrate on what we've got to do we should be able to handle them, but they've been firing in the past month or two so we'll have to be on our game."