Cowboys assistant named as new USA coach

Terry Matterson

The turnover of coaches at the USA Tomahawks has seen the likes of Matt Elliott come and go and now Brian Smith has done the same, with the former NRL coach citing personal reasons as the reason why he stood down from the role.

With a pressing family engagement for Smith, the Tomahawks were left to find a coach and found someone they believe is right for the role – with North Queensland Cowboys assistant Terry Matterson named as the new coach.

Matterson, who enjoyed success as a player and has enjoyed a solid coaching career as an assistant will be known to some, with Cowboys fans and Castleford Tigers fans familiar with him and his work.

The 46-year was also a member of the Exiles coaching staff in 2011 and with the opportunity to coach the USA side, it was one that Matterson could not pass up and one that he looks forward to.

“This is a really good opportunity and I know how good the experience was for Matt Elliott [former Tomahawks coach],” said Matterson.

“This will be a fantastic chance for myself and the players in helping to spread the gospel of rugby league and perhaps even shock a few people – I’m thrilled to accept the job.”

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