Matty Costello excited to meet up with Saints pals on opening night
Old boy Matty Costello is relishing the chance to lock horns with the club which gave him his first big break in Rugby League.
The 22-year-old, who can play as a full back, winger or centre, moved from Super League champions St Helens to nearby Salford Red Devils towards the back end of last year and will have a point to prove when the the two clubs face each other at Emerald Headingley in their opening game of the new season on Friday, March 26.
Costello, who scored half a dozen tries in his short time at St Helens, told the Red Devils' website: ''I'm really excited about playing against my old team-mates. I keep in touch with a lot of them and I’m sure they’ll give it to me and I’ll give it back to them.”
The Billinge Higher End-born player will also have a familiar face on the sidelines - Salford's new boss Richard Marshall, who played a vital role in Saints' 2019-2020 Grand Final successes at the expense of the Red Devils and Wigan Warriors when no.2 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
“Rich has worked a lot with me and definitely improved my game in certain areas,” Costello said.
“We had a good relationship at Saints and it’s just the same here. It’s just Rich is the main man now, the man to answer to, and I think he’s doing a really good job and the rest of the lads do as well.
With a squad packed with talent for 2021, the one-time Orrell St James youngster will be focused on making the starting 17.
He said: "My goal is to play as many games as possible and be in around the squad to help wherever I can. Hopefully, we’ll be successful this year."
Despite the excitement of lining up against his former club, Costello is also looking forward to the return of fans shortly.
“It’ll be good to play at Salford with the fans. Whenever I’ve played at the AJ Bell Stadium, it has been really loud and a tough place to go so let's keep it the same.”
Marshall said: ''We face a tough start but our focus will be on one game at a time. We want to keep showing improvements, seeing the team playing a different brand of Rugby League and do all the things we've set out from the beginning.''