Dragons back-rower makes the move to England

Will Matthews

A move to greener pastures for more opportunities is always on the cards for player and Will Matthews has sought that by signing a 2-year deal with the Widnes Vikings.

The current St George Illawarra Dragons utility forward and former Gold Coast Titan has almost 100 first-grade games to his name as Widnes coach Denis Betts admits that Matthews has been on their radar for a while.

“We have been interested in Will for some time, so I am very pleased to have secured this deal,” said Betts.Will is a quality player and will add a lot to the team with his experience of playing in the NRL. He is strong and carries the ball well, but can also offload and support attacking plays effectively too.

“Will is a quality player and will add a lot to the team with his experience of playing in the NRL. He is strong and carries the ball well, but can also offload and support attacking plays effectively too.”

His versatility and experience is just one factor as to why Betts wanted to sign Matthews.

I have also been impressed by his character and his excitement for taking on a new challenge at Widnes Vikings,” continued the Widnes coach. I’m looking forward to him linking up with the team next season.”

“I’m looking forward to him linking up with the team next season.”

As for Matthews himself, he always had a desire to play in the UK and he now gets that chance at Widnes.

I’m delighted to be joining Widnes Vikings. I’ve always been interested in playing in the UK, so it is great to have this opportunity to do so at the Vikings,” said Matthews.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people who can’t speak highly enough about the country and the competition, so I’m sure this will be an exciting new chapter for me and my family.

I’m looking forward to getting out there next season and playing in front of all the supporters.”

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