My Kitchen Rules host Manu Feildel celebrates ‘proud dad moment’ as son Jonti joins South Sydney NRL’s under-19s squad
My Kitchen Rules star Manu Feildel has celebrated a proud dad moment, announcing his son Jonti has earned a move to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The teenager’s switch to the club he has supported since he was a boy comes after spending time on the books of their NRL rivals Sydney Roosters.
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Jonti Morshead-Feildel played for the Roosters’ under-17s team in the Harold Matthews Cup last year alongside another famous name in Zach Fittler, the son of NRL great and NSW Origin coach Brad.
But the Clovelly Crocodiles junior has now followed in the footsteps of Australian star Latrell Mitchell in moving from the Roosters to the Rabbitohs.
Jonti’s selection to under-19s squad delighted Feildel on two counts, first as a father and second as a South Sydney diehard.
“As a dad you get (a) few proud moments in your life,” Feildel wrote on instagram.
“My 18-year-old son Jonti finally joined the under-19 Bunnies squad and this one is on top of my proud list.
“The ball is in his court now and I’ve got no doubt of his future success.”
Former Rabbitohs player Josh Mansour was among Feildel’s friends and followers to offer support.
“Congratulations Jonti, go and kill it,” he wrote.
Mansour has previously spent time offering advice to Jonti on his rugby league journey.
Feildel last year revealed he introduced his son to rugby league for the social benefits.
“I thought that would be the sport for him to connect with people and be friends forever,” he said on the Souths website.
“I believe that guys who have been playing together for such a long time are still friends when they are 40, 50, 60 years old. That’s the thing I wanted to teach my son.”
The chef first became involved with the Rabbitohs when a friend in public relations worked for the club’s major sponsor.
Feildel’s kitchen studio was used to film advertisements with players, leading to an invite to their first South Sydney game when Jonti was about 10 years old.
“From that day onwards the Rabbitohs were our team,” he said.
“I’ve got to say, I am a big supporter of the Rabbitohs but my son is absolutely crazy about the club.
“It’s his only dream that he’s got – firstly to become a professional player, but also to play for the Rabbitohs. Watch this space, because I’m sure he’ll be there soon.”
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