Jason Costigan has pledged his continued support to the CQ NRL bid, but has quit as co-ordinator to move to Mackay to care for his daughter.
Jason Costigan has pledged his continued support to the CQ NRL bid, but has quit as co-ordinator to move to Mackay to care for his daughter. File

CQ NRL coordinator moves on

THE man credited as the driving force behind Central Queensland’s quest for its own NRL team confirmed yesterday he would continue to be linked to the bid despite his resignation as its co-ordinator.

Jason Costigan, who is moving to Mackay to be a full-time father for one of his two daughters, has accepted a voluntary position with the bid team.

And he spoke frankly about the reason for quitting the position he has held since the NRL bid was launched early last year.

“You hear people say they are leaving a position for family reasons and wonder what that means. Well in my case it couldn’t be more genuine.

“I have a chance to be reunited with my eldest daughter, Brianna, who is nearly 10, and I just can’t miss the opportunity.

“The job I had with the bid was very taxing and all-consuming. In 12 months promoting the bid I have probably covered more miles in Central Queensland than Cobb and Co.

“I spent so much time on the road, but my work as Pied Piper has come to an end and I’d like to thank the countless people in cities, towns and villages who have welcomed me and listened to what I have had to say about the bid.

“I’d like to think there are now many more true believers who, like me, think there is every chance that Central Queensland will one day have its own NRL team.”

Jason said he would continue to do all in his power to work towards the bid’s success and was delighted to accept an offer to stay a member of the bid team and do some consultancy.

“But I have to say that my children must come first. They are the most important thing in my life.”

CQ bid chairman Geoff Murphy paid tribute to Jason’s contribution saying he had been a wonderful asset.

“His enthusiasm for the cause is obvious and while we understand and support his family commitments, we know his enthusiasm will be extremely difficult to replace,” he said.

And Denis Keefe, who last week took up the position of bid chief executive, was quick to credit Jason with much of the bid’s progress.

“While Jason will not be available to us on a day-to-day basis, I am pleased to say that he will now be one of many regional members who will unselfishly give their time and expertise, working towards securing an NRL club for CQ. His passion for the region, and for rugby league, is amazing.”

Jason said he would stay in close touch with the bid and would retain his broadcasting commitment on television and radio. He is a commentator for Fox Sports.

“I think most people would agree the bid has made some very significant advances over the past year and it goes without saying that I wish everyone connected with it every success in the future,” he said.



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