Could Brett Kimmorley's timing have been any worse? He emerged on the scene at the Newcastle Knights as a young halfback on the rise from Lakes United but ran head-on into a road-block in the shape of the great Andrew Johns. But there was no holding back the player affectionately known as 'Noddy' once he made the move out of Newcastle.
A premiership and Clive Churchill Medal winner at the Melbourne Storm, Kimmorley ended up playing 307 NRL games over 12 seasons, representing NSW and Australia along the way in a glittering career that had plenty of highlights.
In the latest Toohey's News podcast, he takes us back over his wonderful playing career but also delves into the tragic loss of his child-hood sweetheart and wife Sharnie from brain cancer four years ago when she was 38 and the devastating impact it had on him and his four young daughters.
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Barry Toohey will bring a new episode to all your favourite podcasting apps every week, complementing his premium and exclusive Knights reporting and analysis in the pages of the Newcastle Herald.
Season 2, Episode 7 will publish next Thursday.