FROM FAR AND WIDE: Coach David High, of Kingscliff, left, with Tamuta Mataora and PJ Liupau, from New Zealand, Ryan O’Connor, Brad Fletcher and former NRL player Brandon Costin, from Sawtell, hope to take the Evans Head Bombers to new heights in the upcoming NRRRL season.
FROM FAR AND WIDE: Coach David High, of Kingscliff, left, with Tamuta Mataora and PJ Liupau, from New Zealand, Ryan O’Connor, Brad Fletcher and former NRL player Brandon Costin, from Sawtell, hope to take the Evans Head Bombers to new heights in the upcoming NRRRL season. Samantha Elley

Bombers set to fly

THERE will be no shortage of depth at the Evans Head Bombers this season with rugby league players arriving from Sawtell and New Zealand this week.

Former NRL player Brandon Costin lives in Sawtell but will play and help coach at the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League club.

He has had NRL and Eng- lish Super League stints in a career that began at South Sydney in 1993. He has also played with the Western Suburbs Magpies, Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders.

Costin is bringing front-rower Ryan O'Connor and Brad Fletcher with him.

Fletcher played on the wing for the Bombers in 2011 before linking up with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Brisbane last year.

He now lives on the Mid North Coast and will travel up with Costin and O'Connor.

PJ Liupau and Tamuta Mataora arrived on Tuesday from Auckland and can cover positions in the halves and outside backs.

"At the end of the day we had a nucleus of a team already here, we just needed to add a bit to it," new coach David High said.

"With the recruitment we've done I'll be aiming for a top-four spot and be disappointed if we don't get it.

"I'm a pretty competitive person and hopefully that will rub off on the rest of the squad."

Local players Tim Tregidgo, Al Campbell, Aaron Scells and Rod McFarlane will all play again.

Costin will play hooker or lock with O'Connor to play in the front row.

Fletcher can play a number of positions and is a handy goal kicker.

The trio will make the trip from Sawtell to train with the team on Friday nights with all home games on Saturdays.

Costin has 130 NRL games under his belt with O'Connor known to be a skilful front-rower.

"We're going to be flexible with those three because of what they can bring to the team," High said. "They'll do their own training during the week and stay here on Friday nights.

"We've been transparent with everyone from the beginning and we're all on the same page.

"We want to build up a squad where we have 21 or 22 first-graders challenging for a spot."

High, who lives in Kings- cliff, will take the team on Tuesday and Friday nights at training.

The Bombers also are hopeful of signing former Queensland Cup player Cameron Joyce in the coming weeks.

"We've ticked all the right boxes and it's an exciting time to be at the club," High said.

The Bombers will open the NRRRL season against the Casino Cougars at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, on Saturday, April 6.



Mystery illness leaves young girl fighting for life

premium_icon Mystery illness leaves young girl fighting for life

Community rallies to support family after girl hospitalised

Why $475,000 highway upgrade won't stop crashes

Why $475,000 highway upgrade won't stop crashes

Work on upgrade about to begin, but safe driving 'more important'

Is this the Northern Rivers' best burger?

premium_icon Is this the Northern Rivers' best burger?

The meat patty recipe is a winner - it hasn't changed in 17 years

Local Partners