Popular rugby league personality and former Kangaroos, NSW Blues and Penrith Panthers star, Ryan Girdler, has signed on to join The NRL Footy Show from 2018.
Girdler, who holds the record for most points scored in a single match by a NSW Blues player, will join the panel fulltime alongside Andrew Johns, host Erin Molan and regular contributorsDarryl Brohman and Beau Ryan in a new-look format for the show as it enters its 25th year on air.
Andy O’Brien, Executive Producer of The NRL Footy Show, 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.”
Girdler will make his fulltime debut on March 8 after the NRL season opener between the Dragons and Broncos, Live and Free on Nine.