Matty Johns: ‘It really s***s me’

A troubling blow to Billy Slater’s head has put concussion back on the NRL’s radar.

THE troubling KO of Billy Slater and another set of frightening statistics from the NFL has put concussion back on the radar this week — and NRL great Matty Johns isn’t afraid to talk about what’s been a taboo subject in some circles.

The former Newcastle Knights star sees the treatment of head knocks as a serious issue in sport and regularly runs into former players who slur their words or lose their train of thought mid-sentence. “There are some that are really struggling with life,” Johns says.

But the 45-year-old says there’s still a real stigma around the subject among many in footy — a situation that was rammed home when he attempted to talk about it during a speaking engagement.

Johns says it’s time everyone stood up and acknowledged reality. “What really s***s me, (is when) you come out and say something about this, there are still people within the game who say ‘listen to…

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