Matt King will play in his second season with the Rabbitohs in 2013 after returning from the English Super League and a stint with the Warrington Wolves. King is one of the most experienced players in the Rabbitohs backline and captained the Club in 2012. Matt is also an inventor, having invented the ‘Crackit’, a combination of a cricket bat and tennis racquet. Shaved off his trademark afro hairstyle in 2012 for charity. Matt has two young daughters, Charlie and Willow.
Junior club: Casino Cougars
Place of birth: Casino, NSW
Nickname: Kingy, The Fish
Representative honours: 10 Tests for Australia (2005-07); 9 State of Origin matches for New South Wales (2005-07); Tri-Nations (2005); Three games for Country Origin (2004-05, 2012); Selected for ESL Exiles team (2011)
Previous clubs and years: Storm (2003-07); Warrington (2008-11)
First grade debut: Storm vs Dragons, WIN Stadium, 22 August 2003 (Rd 24)
Rabbitohs debut: Rabbitohs vs Roosters, ANZ Stadium, 5 March 2012 (Rd 1)
First Grade Games: 114 (23 for the Rabbitohs) **89 English Super League
First Grade Tries: 63 (3 for the Rabbitohs) **55 English Super League
First Grade Goals: 1 (0 for the Rabbitohs)
First Grade Points: 254 (12 for the Rabbitohs) **220 English Super League
What do you like to do outside of football: Spend time with my family.
Community activities: Special Olympics; Down Syndrome NSW.
Education: Completed Year 12.
What do you remember about your debut game: Absolutely crapping myself.
What are your goals in Rugby League: Premierships!
What's the best advice you've received from someone: Believe in yourself.
What was your first job: Pizza boy.
What are you reading at the moment: Adrian Morley's autobiography.
Favourite book: Marching Powder.
Favourite song/album on your iPod: The Duck Song.
What is your favourite place to go on holiday: Casino.
Where is one place in the world you want to go, but are yet to travel to: Margaret River.
Which actor would play you best in a movie: Will Ferrell.
Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions: I wear the same undies until they get holes in them.
Which meal do you cook best: Fajitas.
What could you not live without: Kirsten and Charlie.
What was your best subject at school: Music.
What was your worst subject at school: Biology.
Earliest football memory: Watching my brothers play.
Best moment in your Rugby League career so far: 2007 Grand Final.
Moment that changed your career: A phone call from Craig Bellamy.
What advice do you have for junior Rugby League players: Listen to your coach and play as much as you can.
Which of the young players at the Rabbitohs has the most potential and why: Justin Hunt. He's a freak!
What's on your bucket list? (Barbara V. – Member # 38394): Learn the harmonica.
Who is the most inspirational player or person on your career and how have they positively affected your football? (Kortlee M. – Member # 2351): Matt Geyer. He proved to me that hairy men can succeed!
What is your greatest achievement outside of Rugby league so far? (Steve W. - Member # 28030): Charlie June King.
Of all the past South Sydney players, who are the top three you would liked to have played with? (Drew S. – Member # 36922): Andrew King, Mike Cleary and John Sattler.
What transforms a group of athletes into a strong united team? (Bill K. – Member # 27210): Honesty.
Who is your favourite South Sydney player of all time (Carl H. – Member # 3002): Phil Blake.
What does it mean to you to wear the red and green of South Sydney (John G. – Member # 29026): Means the world to me.
Who were your favourite players when you were a kid (Nik J. – Member # 1914): Peter Sterling.
What would winning Souths' 21st premiership mean to you (Philip C. – Member # 14140): Everything.
Who is the biggest pest in the team and why (Kieran H. – Member # 349): Nathan Peats. He does not shut up!
What is the funniest thing you've seen or heard on a football field? (Scott - Member # 5475): Steve Menzies once told me that no one likes my hair! Pretty funny.
At the end of your football career, what would you like to be remembered for as a Rabbitohs player? (Anthony D. - Member # 12410): That's up to you guys!