Premiership pushes Matterson further

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Premiership pushes Matterson further

Post by WT2K » Sat 10 Nov, 2018 10:23 pm

Ryan Matterson returns to training early following Sydney Roosters premiership victory

Nup, not here in Centennial Park this particular Monday morning.

Where with the temperature already pushing high 20s, and Ryan Matterson sweating heavily, the reigning NRL premier churns through a series of sprints alongside younger brother Dean.

While most of the Roosters 2018 grand final side is — quite deservedly — still on holiday in Bali, Thailand, even the US, this workaholic backrower has effectively trained right through in preparation for 2019 … and a new life with Wests Tigers.

Already, his grand final ring has been gifted to dad Paul for safekeeping.

Roosters jersey, packed away in storage too.

And as for Matterson inking one of those tattoos now such a staple of October success?

“Nah,” he concedes once his fitness work is done. “I'm a cleanskin and happy to stay that way.”

Happy to work, too.

Indeed, while Roosters fans are yet to come down from last month's raucous grand final celebrations — a game where Matterson played a key interchange role — the talented Greenacre product is already focused on becoming a Tigers starter.

Despite being signed to the club by now departed coach Ivan Cleary, Matterson has since been assured he is part of incoming boss Michael Maguire's plans.

Better, the 24-year-old is also "completely over" a worrying run of concussion issues which, following three head knocks over as many weeks in May, saw him outed for two months.

Apart from suffering serious migraines, Matterson was also sleeping 16 hours a day, struggling with dizzy spells and battling to cope with even sunlight and the slightest noise.

“And yet all the concussion tests suggested I was right to play,” he reveals. “That's the scariest thing, I was passing the tests.”

But as for being pressured to play?

“Even if somebody had suggested it, I couldn't,” he continues. “Even the lightest jog would leave me feeling like I'd played an NRL game.

“So to then be passing the tests … I can't really explain what that's like.

“But it gets to the point where you have to draw a line in the sand and say ‘no, I'm not right’.”

While Roosters players are off until the end of November, Matterson rested for just over a fortnight before returning to training alongside Dean, a promising five-eighth signed with Canberra's feeder club Mounties.

Elsewhere, the Tigers recruit has also been rehabilitating a wrist injury at Cato Rutherford's Lift Performance Centre in Redfern.

“Personally, I need to keep going,” Matterson says. “If I don't train, I don't feel good.

“And with my brother Dean being a playmaker, it means we can do both fitness sessions and ballwork — where I'll run different lines off his passes.

“Plus, I like to keep on the front foot.

“That's the thing about winning a premiership, it makes you hungry to win more.”

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport ... 543639e834
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Post by Geo. » Sat 10 Nov, 2018 11:10 pm

Sounds like his attitude alone will be an Asset to us..

Stay fit Ryan but health is more important than anything else..wish you a long and injury free career...
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Post by sheer64 » Sat 10 Nov, 2018 11:16 pm

He sounds like a future Wests Tigers captain.
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Post by NT Tiger » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 8:33 am

Geo. wrote:
Sat 10 Nov, 2018 11:10 pm
Sounds like his attitude alone will be an Asset to us..

Stay fit Ryan but health is more important than anything else..wish you a long and injury free career...
Sounds a bit like Rowdy. Good pick up.
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Post by jirskyr » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 9:32 am

It's fluff, all fluff. Well at least wait until the 35th interview where he says the same stuff.

How come some of this is "next Tigers captain" and some of it is "fluff"?


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Post by supercoach » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 9:40 am

jirskyr wrote:
Sun 11 Nov, 2018 9:32 am
It's fluff, all fluff. Well at least wait until the 35th interview where he says the same stuff.

How come some of this is "next Tigers captain" and some of it is "fluff"?
95% of stuff in the media between now and round one is fluff. Although it’s a lot better than having no media coverage and it seems this kid has good old fashion values and that is rare these days

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Post by Masterton » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 9:52 am

jirskyr wrote:
Sun 11 Nov, 2018 9:32 am
It's fluff, all fluff. Well at least wait until the 35th interview where he says the same stuff.

How come some of this is "next Tigers captain" and some of it is "fluff"?
There are degrees of fluff. The fluff you find in your navel. A nice fluffy dog....

At least this article is about something the fella has actually done rather than promises for the future.
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Post by happy tiger » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 10:06 am

As long as he doesn't overdo it , sounds good

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Post by TYGA » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 10:11 am

Matterson will be our best signing since Gareth Ellis. Big call but I rate him good speed, size, great defender and good ball skills. Sounds like he has the right work ethic.
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Post by willow » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 11:04 am

The two Roosters pickups will go well for us, I've got no doubt - both have excellent work ethics and will thrive under Maguire.

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Post by TheDaBoss » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 6:52 pm

cant wait to see him in action
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Post by innsaneink » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 7:19 pm

New fluff, its light & fluffy...beats stiff starchy old fluff

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Post by NT Tiger » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 7:22 pm

innsaneink wrote:
Sun 11 Nov, 2018 7:19 pm
New fluff, its light & fluffy...beats stiff starchy old fluff
This is hard working, dedicated fluff.
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Post by innsaneink » Sun 11 Nov, 2018 7:26 pm

NT Tiger wrote:
Sun 11 Nov, 2018 7:22 pm
innsaneink wrote:
Sun 11 Nov, 2018 7:19 pm
New fluff, its light & fluffy...beats stiff starchy old fluff
This is hard working, dedicated fluff.
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Post by 851 » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 4:30 pm

Lauren wrote:
Mon 12 Nov, 2018 10:43 pm
The Matterson name has a long history at Wests, glad he is buying in to it
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Post by fibrodreaming » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 5:37 pm

Lauren wrote:
Mon 12 Nov, 2018 10:43 pm
That's interesting - thanks for sharing Lauren. I don't remember the Matterson clan playing for the Magpies. Probably before my time. (I hadn't been around very long when the Magpies last won the premiership.)

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 5:46 pm

Awesome attitude. A couple ex players could take a leaf out of his book. Classy kid. Great to have him here.

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