FOX Sports axe Wendell Sailor and hire Mark Geyer Paul Kent The Daily Telegraph January 20, 2012 12:00AM http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/spo...-1226248821333 FOX Sports has turned off the Dellevision. Wendell Sailor has become a casualty of rugby league's broadening TV war after being sacked by Fox Sports. Sailor is the network's first high-profile casualty as the network looks to beef-up its NRL coverage less than eight weeks before the competition kicks off in March. In his place, Fox Sports has signed former international and Triple M breakfast host Mark Geyer to play a major role at the network including, Geyer said, connecting with rugby league's heartland in the west. "As ex-players on TV go, there's none who live out here and have got a connection with the west like I have, so I'm proud of it," Geyer said. As the network gears up to make an approach to Matthew Johns, who this week knocked back an offer to rejoin Channel 9's The Footy Show, Fox Sports executives have begun reshaping their on-air talent. While sacking the likes of Sailor - with more expected to come - is designed to reinvigorate the network's coverage, the hidden bonus is it frees up budget money to make a bid for Johns, who has confirmed he will meet with the network next week. Geyer yesterday resigned from his regular role on Nine's The Sunday Roast to take up the wide-ranging brief with Fox Sports. "I want my weekends free to get a bit of life back," he said last night. "My kids are getting older and I'm not getting younger and I want the weekends to watch them play sport, so it has worked out perfectly."