IT'S always a sad day when a quality player announces they will be leaving the Super League scene.
And it's an even sadder day when it's a player that plays for your club.
So we're obviously all bitterly disappointed that next season we won't be able to witness the undoubted skills of Brandon Costin at the Galpharm Stadium.
Brandon has, of course, announced he will be returning to his native Australia at the end of the season.
In an ideal world we would have liked to have seen him again next season, but he had made up his mind some time ago that he would be calling it a day over here.
And we fully understand his reasons and are happy to go along with his wishes.
But there's no doubt that when Brandon jets back home it will mark the end of an era.
As a coach, you are always striving to coach the best players around, and as far as I'm concerned Brandon is one of the best.
He's been an absolutely outstanding player and, in my opinion, had been the Giants best Super League player.
In fact, I would go as far as to say that he has been arguably the best Huddersfield player for 40 years.
He's planning to play and gain some coaching experience in the lower grades back in Australia, and whoever acquires his services will be lucky.
But Brandon is the first to admit that the demands of playing and training at Super League level are beginning to take their toll on him.
He has been struggling with injuries for large parts of the season and those have been catching up with him.
At times he has still been able to produce some outstanding individual performances, but at others the knocks have hampered his contribution.
I am sure, however, that Brandon won't let the knocks stand in the way of him looking to produce a massive end to his Giants career.
To be honest, we've been aware for some time that he would be making this announcement, and that has played a big part in helping us recruit the players we have done already.
When we signed Australian duo Michael De Vere and Brad Drew we knew we would be over next season's quota of three overseas players.
We had several irons in the fire in our bid to get it down from four, and one of those was Brandon departing.
That's the route we've obviously been able to take.
In an ideal world we would have loved to have kept Brandon, because Brandon Costin has been a magnificent servant of this magnificent club.
THE meeting between myself and the Rugby Football League's match officials director Stuart Cummings went ahead as planned.
And, overall, I was pleased with the way it went.
In my view I felt it was a constructive meeting.
There was a frank exchange of views and there were a number of areas of agreement.
Stuart viewed the various clips of video footage we presented to him, highlighting examples over the course of the year when I felt we had been on the receiving end of refereeing decisions.
And this was to emphasise that it was not just a knee-jerk reaction to the defeat at Widnes, rather a culmination of refereeing decisions throughout Super League IX.
There was common ground with our view on some of the issues.
As I've stated several times before, and as I stated to Stuart, we're not asking for preferential treatment.
We're just asking to be treated like any other team.