MC, host & former rugby league star
Matty Johns' great comedic wit, illustrious sporting career and passion for entertaining audiences has led him to becoming an integral member of the Triple M Sydney morning Breakfast show, The Grill Team. Along with NRL veteran Mark ‘MG' Geyer and Australia's biggest sports fan, Gus Worland, Matty provides an entertaining insight daily on the hottest news, the latest in sport combined with the best rock music.
On television Matty hosts and co-hosts Fox Sport NRL programs, NRL extra, NRL Insight and NRL on Fox, providing professional analysis, preview and discussion of NRL games and issues associated with Rugby League. He also writes a regular Friday column for the Daily Telegraph previewing the weekend's biggest games.
Described as "the most brilliant mind in Rugby League," Matty has a quick-witted humour and provides a whole new insight to the world of NRL as a former great and media commentator on the sport. He is also highly sought after as a corporate MC.
He is as talented in front of an audience, a camera, behind a microphone or behind the desk as he was on the field. Matty has played eight tests for Australia, appeared in films, written books and, following the end of his playing career, was a football commentator for Friday Night Football and one of the regular hosts on The Footy Show for eight years. He also hosted his own show, The Matty Johns Show, on Channel Seven.
About Matty Johns:
After nine seasons with the Newcastle Knights and one season each with the Wigan Warriors and Cronulla Sharks, Matthew was forced into early retirement because of a recurring shoulder injury.
His uncanny combination with brother Andrew 'Joey' Johns during the 1990s spearheaded many a Knights victory ... and one they will always remember is their victory over Manly in the 1997 ARL grand final. During their time together at Newcastle, the Johns brothers established themselves among the game's finest all-time best five-eighth-halfback combinations, right up there with the likes of Wally Lewis and Allan Langer, Brett Kenny and Peter Sterling, Laurie Daley and Ricky Stuart.
Matty Johns played almost 200 first grade games - including an ARL Grand Final victory in 1997, eight Tests for Australia and four State of Origin matches for the NSW Blues. While his career has side-stepped into television and radio, his love for the game of rugby league is as passionate as ever.
In 2004, Matty released Reg Reagan's This Is My Life (Pan Macmillan). In 2008, he released his second book, From The Sheds (HarperCollins), a hilarious look behind the scenes of rugby league.
In 2007, he made his major acting debut starring in the Australian movie The Final Winter as coach, Jack Cooper. Jack joins other characters that Matty has created including Reg Reagan, Trent the Flight Steward, Don Kirk and Alby Mangels.