Former Kangaroos, NSW Blues & Penrith Panthers player, Ryan Girdler, is joining the new-look NRL Footy Show.
He will join the panel fulltime alongside Andrew Johns, host Erin Molan and regular contributors Darryl Brohman and Beau Ryan.
Andy O’Brien, Executive Producer, said: “We’re thrilled that Ryan is joining The Footy Show. Ryan’s contributions over the years are well documented, from the early days on the panel to presenting his extremely popular Their House segment.
“What you see is what you get with Ryan, a good-humoured, good-natured, knowledgeable and experienced thinker. It’s great to have Girds talking footy on Nine.”
Nine’s Head of Rugby League, Simon Fordham, said: “At Nine we are all about creating ‘the best seat in the house’ for our viewers, and our rugby league experts are what set us apart. Ryan’s playing career is exemplary, having competed at the highest level over many years. Coupled with his likeable nature, it will make him a valuable addition to our rugby league lineup in 2018.”
Ryan Girdler said: “I’m really excited to be joining The Footy Show and for me the timing feels right. I can’t wait to talk footy with some of the greatest minds in the game on Nine’s commentary team every Thursday night in what is shaping up to be a huge NRL season.”
This year’s Footy Show is yet to detail format changes following plans for a late night Thursday timeslot and the exit of longtime host Paul “Fatty” Vautin.
Girdler will make his fulltime debut on March 8th.