St Kilda Football Club
The latest in a long line of players to make a successful transition from the playing field to the commentary box, the versatility Leigh Montagna displayed in his 287 AFL games for St Kilda is at the core of his work in the media today.
As either a play-by-play caller or special comments analyst, the man known more broadly as “Joey” has showed his acumen with Fox Footy on TV and with Triple M on radio since his retirement in 2017. His involvement in the game stretches from the opening round of AFLW right through until the Trade and Draft late in the year. He holds the distinction of being one of only a handful of former players to take on the challenge of calling games start after hanging up the boots.
With Fox, Montagna has also been a regular on Fox Sports News program AFL Tonight, providing his views and opinions on the game’s big issues.
At Triple M, his presence in studio away from footy sees him in the host chair every Saturday morning for Dead Set Legends, speaking to sport’s big names and debating the big topics of the week. His presence across Melbourne radio’s Home of Rock, Sport and Comedy includes a regular spot on The Rush Hour as a guest co-host and contributor, as well as holding down co-host duties on The Hot Breakfast during ratings breaks.
Completing his media work, Montagna has maintained a connection to the league’s inner sanctum with a pro-scouting role for Fremantle over the past two years.
Selected in the much vaunted 2001 AFL Draft with pick 37 from the Northern Knights, the midfielder established himself with his raking kick and line breaking running.
A dual All-Australian, Montagna’s standing and consistency is highlighted by the fact that he finished Top 4 in the Saints’ Best and Fairest on nine occasions during a period where he was teammates with some of the club’s all-time greats.
Leigh and wife Erin welcome son Noah in mid-2018. They live in bayside Melbourne.