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Matty Johns Calls For 18th Man To Tackle Growing Concussion Concerns

The clubs are asking the NRL for help

Matty Johns Calls For 18th Man To Tackle Growing Concussion Concerns

After a number of concussion related incidents in the NRL this weekend the medical community are calling for the clubs to finally get serious about concussions.

The Triple M Grill Team's Matty Johns says the clubs are asking for help from the NRL because footballing matters (i.e the game situation) are influencing the decisions on wether a player is coming off to test for concussion or not.

Matty believes an 18th man is a solution.

"I think that it is time... an 18th man who sits there, and the ability to use them in the event of a concussed player, and for mine it is a no brainer."

MG added

"I'd go one step further and say we've got to have a squad of 20 on game day."

Listen to the full audio below.

Matty Johns cited an incident on the weekend to highlight how much pressure the medical staff are under.

'Tom Trbojevic cops a head knock, he gets to his feet and says to the trainer "i'm fine". The trainer is obviously saying to Tom 'mate, you've just got to come off, I want to check you out.' Tom absolutely doesn't want to come off and iwas absolutely filthy about it.'

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