The Storm allowed Matty Johns to present his son with his first NRL jersey via a touching and hilarious video tribute on the eve of his debut against the Eels.
Johns will follow in the famous footsteps of uncle Andrew, dad Matty and also brother Jack in playing first grade NRL, after being called up to replace the injured Jahrome Hughes.
“It’s a great achievement to play first grade football, but even more so at Melbourne because they don’t give away jersey’s,” (Matty) Johns said.
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“I think Mate, when you tell people that you played first grade football for the Melbourne Storm it doesn’t just impact people who love rugby league or love sport.
“I think Mate, if you played first grade there I think it says a lot about your quality as a human, so mate well done.
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“It’s pretty surreal too mate given the fact that you supported the Storm as a kid, unless they were behind at halftime. Well done mate.”
Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he was proud to have Cooper Johns at his club.
“I know you are going to be really proud parents tomorrow night and you should be proud because he is a great kid,” Bellamy said.
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“I’m sure he will do us proud tomorrow night.”
A nervous (Cooper) Johns was relieved his dad didn’t get too serious in his address to the Storm players in front of his son.
“It was a bit funnier than I thought it was going to be,” (Cooper) Johns said.
“I thought it was going to be pretty serious, but it was pretty funny that one.
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“I’m very grateful to receive the jersey. I was probably pissing the coaches off a little bit chewing Rylesy’s ear off.
“I didn’t know I was going to get a start, but I’m really thankful to all the coaching staff for giving me a lot of time, especially Rylesy.
“He’s helped me out a lot this year and helped me with bettering myself from day one.
“I’m really excited to get out there tomorrow and get the win.”
Cooper Johns at Storm training.Source:Getty Images
A storm player then couldn’t resist a dig at Matty at the end of the video, but Johns senior hit back with a typically swift and hilarious reply.
“Show us your rig Matty,” a Storm player said.
“He is carrying a few kilos,” wife Trish added.
“No I don’t want to embarrass you blokes,” Johns replied.
Originally published as‘Show us your rig’: Matty Johns’ tribute to son ahead of Storm rookie’s debut
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