HE’S best known as an actor and a useful footy player who had a handful of games for the Manly Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs in the early ’90s.
But this NRL season you will be hearing a lot more from Matt Nable.
The 45-year-old has signed up as an NRL commentator for Fox Sports’ coverage of all eight NRL games each week, joining the likes of Warren Smith, Andrew Voss, Brenton Speed and Matt Russell.
This is the voiceover guy who Fox Sports used last year to promote their new NRL channel.
“It should be good fun and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
“As a younger bloke calling always interested me but I got into other things.
“It’s a challenge and a real craft. I’m eager to learn.”
Throughout the off-season Nable has been a regular at Fox Sports studios to learn the craft.
“I’ve had Steve (Roach) and Brandy (Greg Alexander) with me doing dummy calls,” he said.
“I feel lucky to get the opportunity. They won’t throw me to the wolves. I’ll have to be ready.
“I grew up listening to Rex Mossop, then Graeme Hughes and Rabbits and even Warren Boland on the ABC. Hartley and Peters. But I’ll try to develop my own style.
“I’m more excited than nervous. “It’s a game of football. I’m not cutting some one’s chest open to perform open heart surgery.”
Fox Sports Head of Television Steve Crawley is a big fan and is looking forward to his debut.
“Matt Nable is a rare talent,” he said, “He played first grade rugby league, he’s as tough as nails, an author of four books and at times irreverent.
“He’s won major awards for acting both here and in the US. He’s one of a kind and he has Fox League written all over him.”