Just a young, budding player during his time in the NRL for the Wests Tigers, Matt Groat has matured and as a result, so too has his form. That form has seen him sign a deal with English Championship side, the Dewsbury Rams.
A noted aggressor and budding leader, those are the traits that Groat hopes to bring the Rams pack in the 2016 season.
He was well-sought after, with numerous Super League sides and other Championship sides keen on his services but it was the Rams who won it and Groat is pleased that they did.
“I can’t wait to get back over there with the Rams,” said Groat.
“I get all really well with Glenn and I believe in his vision for the club and what the possibilities are.
“I’ve always been impressed when I’ve come against the Rams, because they have a good vibe and a good, positive attitude.
“I hope to bring a strong running game and a bit of aggression,” he added.
Groat hopes to also bring leadership to the table and help the club move forward by helping the pack dominate.
“I think I can be an extra ball player and also provide some leadership,” said Groat.
“I think I can do a job as a strong-running loose forward, but am equally happy with the front row.
“I’d like to say a thank you to Squadbuilder for helping to make the deal happen – I’m already really looking forward to 2016.”
Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison made mention of the unusual road he took to play in the Championship and is just pleased that it was his club that could sign him.
“He’s 6’ 3” and 115KGs but as fit as anything,” said Morrison.
“He was over the moon about what we could offer him on the playing side of things and the set-up that we offer.
“He’s going to be on the radar of some Super League clubs, so we’re delighted to have him here.”
Groat will join fellow new signing Tony Tonks in the forward pack and together, Morrison believes the duo can have a great impact.
“We mentioned to Matt that we’d signed Tonka and Matt was delighted,” said Morrison.
“He says that they had some great battles against one another in 2015 and that neither of them took a step back”
“I know Matt is really looking forward to getting in the pack with Tonka.”