Premiership pushes Matterson further



  • 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/nrl/teams/roosters/ryan-matterson-returns-to-training-early-following-sydney-roosters-premiership-victory/news-story/d72825d16496018c9f457b543639e834


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    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…



  • He sounds like a future Wests Tigers captain.



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    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.



  • 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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    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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    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.



  • As long as he doesn’t overdo it , sounds good



  • 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.
    Many players come into pre season out of shape.



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



  • cant wait to see him in action



  • New fluff, its light & fluffy…beats stiff starchy old fluff



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

    This is hard working, dedicated fluff.



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

    This is hard working, dedicated fluff.

    10-4!




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