Dumped SKY rugby league caller Jason Costigan has broken his silence after finally being told officially of his sacking – seven weeks after it was revealed by the Sunday Star-Times.
The Star-Times broke the news on December 12 that after a decade commentating on Warriors and Kiwis matches for Sky Sport, Costigan would be replaced by Stephen McIvor.
But Costigan wasn't formally told the news until he took a call from Sky's executive producer for league, Tui McKendrick, last Tuesday.
And while he knew his "professional death warrant" was coming, Costigan was still shocked and hurt by the news.
He refused to offer details of his conversation with McKendrick, whom he doesn't blame for the confusion, but said Sky's handling of the decision had been "very poor".
As you can probably guess from the title line, and opening to this thread, we're not fans of Costo, the King of the Cliche. In all honesty, our life will be enriched if we never hear the rugby league ball referred to as "the Steeden" again, halftime called "oranges" and a pair of ugly frontrowers described as "book-ends".
We wonder how many complaints Sky has taken over Costigan's commentaries over the years, but we reckon that it's probably one too many. Apart from the fact that having an Aussie commentate on all the Warriors games is decidely unKiwi, it must cost Sky a bomb flying Costigan backwards and forwards.
All we need to hope for now is that the Warriors will play well this coming season, and that Costigan hasn't handed his book of cliches to Stephen McIvor!