14th May 2018, 18:55
Costello enjoying Sheffield stint
St Helens youngster Matty Costello says he is enjoying his time on dual-registration with Sheffield Eagles.
Costello has been a regular for the Eagles this season, covering three positions in the backs and being consistently good across the board.
Despite the team’s recent mixed bag of results, Costello has shone with a number of solid performances – whether that be at full-back, centre or in the halves.
“I’ve been enjoying my time up at Sheffield,” he said.
“It’s been good to get game time with a good bunch of lads.
“We have been disappointed with the results at the minute.
“All of us are working hard to put that right in training, watching the videos to see where we have gone wrong.
“Other than the results, I have had a really good time.”
Costello has been joined by fellow Saints James Bentley, Jack Ashworth, Jake Spedding and Matty Lees in the Red and Gold this year.
The utility back came into the fold a few weeks after the others and their influence certainly helped him seamlessly fit into the squad.
“On my first session, there was Bentley, Ashworth and Lees who had all been here before,” Costello added.
“When you go to a new place and don’t know anyone, it’s a bit hard but I had those three there who introduced me and got me around the group in no time.
“It was like just dealing with the lads at Saints, I fitted in right away really.”
With crunch matches against Barrow Raiders and Swinton Lions following this weekend’s fixture with London Broncos, Costello is eyeing up some important victories.
“We had that spell a few weeks ago where we picked up wins and we were feeling confident,” commented Costello.
“It’s been a couple of different (factors) like a few injuries or sometimes in games things not going our way.
“We have not been able to carry on (improved form) against some good sides in last few weeks but we are going to keep trying to get there and get more wins under the belt.”
By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman