Matthew Johns set to return to league foray

It has been a long between drinks, but it looks like Newcastle legend Matthew Johns will be returning to the club that he left 11 years ago in tears, in what would be a boost for the club.

With his television career seemingly put on hold, at least for the time being, Johns is expected to sign a deal with the Knights tomorrow confirming that he will be the new assistant coach, in which he will be replacing his brother Andrew.

It will be the first time that Johns has returned to Newcastle, after he was sacked by the club, which resulted in angry fans, and the threat of boycotting games.

With the Johns brothers relationship already on thin ice, it may reach boiling point, as it was Andrew and the Knights who couldn’t reach an agreement on how much he was to receive as assistant.

“Matty confirmed he had some time up his sleeve so I went to Stoney and the club chairman and we made it happen from there’, said football manager Keith Onslow.

“He’s going to have a big influence at the club.”

For Knights skipper Kurt Gidley, he is looking forward to working with Matthew Johns in a more serious role.

“It’s a wonderful thing for our club,” Gidley said last night.

“Personally, I’ve rung him a bit over the last few years anyway for a bit of advice on various things when I’ve needed it.

“He’s got a great football brain and he’ll probably be working with our halves and hookers, but I’d say every player in the club will be looking to him for a bit of help at different stages. Storm players like Cooper Cronk will tell you how good he is to have around the place.”

Whilst Johns has agreed with the deal, he said that he did not want the news of his return to go public until the deal has been finalised.

“I’ve obviously still got a lot of strong feelings for the Knights and helping Rick Stone with a really promising squad is something I’m looking forward to,” Johns said.

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