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Storm to hold talks with Costigan

By Adrian Proszenko 22/08/2006 07:28:21 PM Comments (0)

Former Brisbane forward Neville Costigan will meet Melbourne officials on Thursday about a possible move to the NRL club next season.

Costigan, sacked by the Broncos following a spate of alcohol-related incidents, has already been offered a two-year deal to join Canberra and the Gold Coast could be an option.

Storm recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan confirmed the club's interest in the 21-year-old.

"He's an Origin player, any club would want a forward like him," O'Sullivan told AAP.

"We just want to talk to him and get his side of the story.

"He's a fabulous player, but he's got to be the right fit for the club too.

"The Broncos wouldn't have taken their decision lightly, he's got to mend his ways.

"We just want to get his side of the story and see what steps he has taken to fix up his misdemeanours."

Costigan met with incoming Raiders coach Neil Henry about a possible move to the nation's capital.

"We just had a talk about a few things, where he sees me at," Costigan said.

"My options are still open, I've got Melbourne this week.

"The Gold Coast rang me up last Saturday and (assistant coach) Trevor Gillmeister will ring me back if they want a meeting sometime this week.

"I just want a crack and get another shot at starting over again, that's the main thing."

Costigan said his friendship with Raiders forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs would be a factor in his final decision.

"We get along real good, we speak to each other once a week," he said.

"To be playing with him again would be a good thing.

"Playing with your mates is good, I already know people at the Raiders like Troy Thompson and a few of the other fellas I played (junior) Kangaroos with.

"But Melbourne have got a good team too and they'll be good next year even with a few players going."

Gillmeister said Costigan would be a good addition to the Titans, but had not yet broached the issue with managing director Michael Searle.

"We wouldn't mind having a look at him, it just depends on finances and those type of things," he said.

"I think he'd be an asset to the club, but that's probably one for Carts (coach John Cartwright)."

Cartwright played down the possibility of Costigan being a potential replacement for Penrith forward Frank Puletua, who is having second thoughts about joining the Titans.

"Not at the moment, we are sorting through a few of our issues first, Cartwright said.

"We may address it down the track if he hasn't signed somewhere.

"We are committed to (Frank) Puletua, we've got our (squad of) 25 and that's where we are at the moment."

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