Matt Ballin

Fast facts

  • Born in Nanango and grew up in Kingaroy, QLD
  • Played 220 NRL games over a ten-year career with the Manly Sea Eagles (2007-2015) and Wests Tigers (2016-2017)
  • Two-time Premier in 2008 and 2011
  • Represented Queensland in the 2010 State of Origin
  • Named the 2012 Academic Team of the Year
  • Retired from professional rugby league in 2017
  • NRL Community Program Deliverer since 2018

Fun facts

Favourite NRL team: Manly Sea Eagles

Career ambition as a kid: To become a doctor

Favourite food: Mum's lasagne

Spirit animal: Eagle

What's on TV (when the footy isn't on): Billions on Stan

Bio

Growing up in country Queensland, Matt followed his older brothers' lead and began playing junior league at Kingaroy Red Ants where his father was a coach.

It wasn't long before his talent shone through and after 13 seasons with the Red Ants, Matt was recruited by the Manly Sea Eagles where he stayed for eight successful seasons, taking home two Telstra Premierships in 2008 and 2011 and represented Queensland in the 2010 State of Origin. In 2016 Matt moved to the Wests Tigers before retiring from professional rugby league in 2017.

As well as supporting Multicap, a high-needs disability support service, Matt is a NRL Community Program Deliverer, working with the league to bring various community projects to life around Australia.

"I'm here to help the next generation of players and volunteers involved in our great game. I would love to give every kid in the game the opportunities, friends and exposure to great people that I have and continue to have in our game."

Throughout his career, Matt has been involved in numerous NRL and Manly Sea Eagles community programs and events and looks forward to continuing his work off-field.

"Rugby league has provided me with some fantastic opportunities to meet my childhood hero's and in some case play against and with them."

"After retiring from playing in the NRL, I've faced the challenges transitioning from playing rugby league to entering the work force which has enabled me to understand, empathise and experience the highs and lows elite sport can bring."

"I would love the opportunity to interact and influence the lives of future generations of our great game," Matt said.

Today Matt lives in Windsor, QLD, with his wife and three kids and works at Wavell State High School. He holds a Bachelor in Secondary Education and a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness.