A veteran forward with a wealth of experience, Matt White knows what it takes to play rugby league. And where there is opportunity, you follow it, with White signing at the Melbourne Storm for a season.
The current Gold Coast Titans prop has been with the club for seven years is originally from Inverell in NSW and with 151 first-grade games to his name, his experience is there for all to see.
The Storm look forward to White joining the club and club Football Director Frank Ponissi says they had their eye on White for a while.
â€œMatt is a player weâ€™ve followed for a while so we are pleased to have him join the Club next season,” said Ponissi.
â€œThe Club has a history of successfully recruiting experienced front rowers that have had an significant impact on the Club such as Bryan Norrie, Jaiman Lowe, Jason Ryles and Brett White and we believe Matt will make a similar contribution to the one these players have.â€
The 31-year old is expecting a child with partner Nikita and after his time with the Titans, he has no regrets about his career to date.
â€œI leave with no hard feelings at all; Iâ€™ve thoroughly enjoyed my seven years here and given my best,â€ he said.
â€œI feel privileged to have played over 120 games for the Titans with a great bunch of blokes but Iâ€™m excited about a new challenge next year. Iâ€™d like to thank them, the fans and the coaches Iâ€™ve had in John Cartwright and Neil Henry and their coaching staff.
â€œI still have some goals left to achieve including playing finals footy again. Itâ€™s been a while, and hopefully I get to do that with the Storm next season.
â€œThey have a great roster led by Cameron Smith and itâ€™s a good opportunity Iâ€™m looking forward to.â€
The Titans gave their well wishes to White at the completion of the season, well aware of the hard work and determination he possesses.
â€œMatt has been a tremendous clubman at the Titans for seven seasons and played over 120 first grade games who always gives 100 per cent,â€ said Titans coach Neil Henry.
â€œThere was an opportunity for him to take on a fresh challenge at the Storm, who have been consistently in the finals and I only wish him every success.â€
On joining the Storm, White said the following.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to joining Storm, itâ€™s a great opportunity and Iâ€™ve heard so many good things about the Club and living in Melbourne,â€ White said.
â€œIâ€™m excited by the chance to play under Craig Bellamy and be part of a playing group thatâ€™s lead by Cameron Smith.
â€œIâ€™ve had a great seven seasons at the Titans and feel privileged to be part of a Club with a great bunch of guys and Iâ€™d like to thank my teammates, coaches and the fans for the support theyâ€™ve shown me.â€
The veteran prop will join his new Storm team-mates in November.