Cooper Johns has taken a step away from the NRL, with the son of rugby league great Matty Johns confirming he is swapping out the boots for a microphone and career in the media.
Taking to Instagram on Monday afternoon, Johns wrote that he had “decided to step away for a bit” after four years in the NRL, having spent time at both Melbourne and Manly.
Johns, who signed a one-year deal with the Sea Eagles last year and played eight games, did not receive another contract leaving his future in the sport up in the air.
But Johns’ future in the NRL is even more uncertain now after it was announced he would be joining radio stars Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM as on-air talent.
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“We’re not sure what he does yet but we’ve just secured his services,” Sandilands said on Monday morning.
“The reason why we got Coops is because I thought he’s very, very good. We were paranoid and thought ‘we’ve got to secure this guy’.”
“Nobody really knew what I was doing (here) and I don’t actually know what I’m doing either,” Johns replied.
Johns also leaned into that self-mocking humour in an Instagram post on Monday afternoon confirming the switch, jokingly telling Storm coach Craig Bellamy to not “expect a reference” if he decides to go for another head coaching job elsewhere.
“Loved my time in the @nrl but after some late nights pondering over a couple of schooners of Malibu and coke no sugar I’ve decided to step away for a bit and switch out the leather pig skin for a microphone,” Johns wrote.
“Never in my days would I have expected such an outpouring of sorrow, grief and emotion. But in all seriousness I’ll never forget the lifetime friends I’ve made & the ones I hope I never see again (@bradparker04 @harrrygrantt & @tyranwishart ) just to name a few.
“The memories…so many to pick from… first game… first try…first offseason scandal shoutout to @munster94 @hecticcheese.
“And finally to all my coaches particularly Craig Bellamy …who refused to select me regardless of mediocre form and numerous bribes, don’t expect a reference when you’re looking for another club to drag through the mud.
“And finally to my family, who cause me nothing but stress… get f****d. Is this the end who knows…one thing I do know is rugby league is the greatest game of all.”
Johns said he was only stepping away for “a bit” as opposed to retiring from the sport, having played 19 games in the NRL across four seasons with Melbourne and Manly.
The versatile playmaker also had 53 appearances across reserve grade for Sunshine Coast and Blacktown Workers.
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