Over the next two weeks we farewell our departing players of 2017 by looking back over their time at the Club.
Today, we farewell Rory Kostjasyn, who came to the nib Newcastle Knights ahead of 2017.
Unfortunately, a pre-season injury to his throat sidelined the Knights utility for the entire 2017 season and he was forced to retire from rugby league.
From the Central Coast, Kostjasyn will be staying in Newcastle to take up a role coaching the Club's Harold Matthews side and overseeing league pathways.
We spoke to the players and coaches about what they admired most about Kostjasyn.
“The biggest reason we brought him was for his leadership and to help educate the younger kids.”
“The fact he hasn’t played is disappointing but he’s provided so much for this Club.”
“Rory was a great leader and was very experienced. It was a privilege to have this time alongside him.”
“If I had any questions, I would happily go up and ask him. He was one of the most knowledgeable people in the team.”
“His knowledge and experience were definitely something we gained a lot from this season.”
“I would describe Rory as a leader, a genuine bloke and he’s pretty funny at times.”
“His work ethic on and off the field was one of his best qualities and he made those around him better.”
“He’s tough, resilient and professional.”
“He’s the ultimate competitor, he’s tough, he’s fit and is one of the guys you wanted in your team.”
“He’s a great leader, someone you really looked up to.”
“He was tough, a really good defensive player and I admired that about him.”
“He always played to his potential and to his ability.”
“I'm disappointed that I had to finish a bit early, but I'm grateful for the career I’ve had.”
“I wish I could have been out there with the boys, but really enjoyed watching the guys get some rewards for all their hard work.”