Back and forth the reports went on a regular basis; was Matt Moylan going to stay or was he going to leave? Despite insistent reports from the Penrith Panthers for some time, Moylan got his wish and was today granted a release from his contract.
At 26, Moylan has been in the Penrith set-up for numerous years now and with 89 first-grade games to his name and 23 tries in that time, the Penrith club praised his time and efforts with them.
“I’m sure I speak for everyone here at Panthers in wishing Matt all the best for this next phase of his life,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.
“We will follow his football career with great interest.”
As for the Cronulla Sharks, the team he will join, the signing of Moylan gives head coach Shane Flanagan some headaches. With the departure of Maloney, it would be expected that Moylan would play in the halves but his versatility means he can also play fullback.
“To have Matt on board is going to add a few things to our team, especially offensively,” Flanagan said.
“He can play in the halves, he can play fullback. He’s got great versatility, he’ll fit into our team and give us some depth in those positions and he’s not too fussed where he plays.
“I think it’s a great signing for the club and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
As for the man of the hour himself, Moylan just wants to let bygones be bygones and focus on his footy with his new club.
“It’s a new chapter in my career and I’m looking forward to getting out here and playing some good footy,” Moylan said.
“I’m excited about the new opportunity and wherever I end up playing I’ll be happy.
“Hopefully, I can have a good off-season and hit the ground running next year.”
Moylan’s move to the Shire will be made easier knowing that several former team-mates and friends are already at the club.
“That will make (the move) a little easier,” he said.
“It’s all good from what they’ve said to me.”
Current Sharks back-rower Wade Graham spoke on the matter from Australian camp and knows just how good Moylan can be.
“I have known Matty since we were eight or nine. I was in Blacktown, he was in Doonside,” Graham said.
“I feel like he’d really fit into our playing group,” said Graham.
“He can easily be the best player in the team, the best player on the field, in any game he plays.
Hopefully, we can see the best of Matty Moylan on the field next year.”