I have to confess that when I learned of Chris Kamara making the draw for the Challenge Cup semi-final with Paul Sculthorpe I was touch sceptical.
It wasn’t that I disliked Kamara, far from it, but I struggled to see the value in inviting some sort of celebrity soccer buffoon to carry out the draw.
But I was wrong. Kamara proved that he had some knowledge of rugby league with his comments before and after the game.
Even if his knowledge may have been lacking sharpness in some areas, he was professinal enough to do some research and at least make it look like he knew what he was talking about.
By all accounts, he was a charismatic presence at the semi-final too, taking the time to talk to fans, pose for photos and sign autographs.
In other words, the former bruising midfielder has the presence, professionalism and star quality which would work well as presenter of Sky’s flagship coverage.
Sky’s programming does not require any more experts – there are plenty of those in the studio and the gantry at the moment, covering every nuance of the on-pitch action.
It would also be a good idea to split the roles of commentator and presenter, something which has needed doing for a long time.
Kamara has shown that he has sufficient skill to present shows, as his work on shows like ‘Goals on Sunday’ shows.
He can interview football players in sensitive and disarmingly humorous way, and there is no reason he cannot establish similar rapport in our game.
A sports programme often requires its presenter to know less than the experts around him or her, so that the kind of dumb questions an ordinary punter might ask can be spoken without anyone losing face.
Kamara’s blend of self-effacing humour, occasional misspeaks and genuine interest would be ideal for this role, as would his obvious curiosity about rugby league.
So I say it’s time to do something unbelievable Jeff, and make Kammy the face of Sky’s rugby league coverage.
We might get a bigger profile than being on Sky Sports Extra then…