NRL halfback Cooper Johns has quit rugby league in a hilarious statement on social media.
The tongue in cheek statement comes from the former Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles halfback quit the sport after there has been non-stop speculation around his future over the past few years.
He has routinely been linked with a move to Super League but clearly that hasn’t taken his fancy. He was linked with clubs like Hull FC who were in the halfback market after the departure of Jake Clifford.
He confirmed on KISS FM on Monday morning that he will be joining breakfast radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
This came as he made a hilarious statement on Instagram.
Funniest retirement ever
In what might be the funniest retirement announcement ever from Johns, he said:
“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.
“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 (Brad Parker Harry Grant & Tyran Wishart 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.”
Meanwhile, his new co-hosts announced on the radio: “We’re not sure what he does yet but we’ve just secured his services,” Sandilands said.
“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’.”
Rugby League legacy
Johns is of course from the famous Johns family. The 24-year-old is the son of Matthew Johns and the nephew of one of the all time greats in the shape of Andrew Johns.
He of course made a famous if brief move to Warrington Wolves where he would nearly guide them to the Grand Final in 2005.
Cooper Johns’ brother Jack still plays for Newcastle Knights which is where Matthew and Andrew made their names.
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