Widnes sign NRL forward Matthews

Widnes have signed forward Will Matthews from NRL side St George-Illawarra Dragons on a two-year deal.

Matthews, 29, has played almost 90 games in the top flight Down Under for the Dragons and Gold Coast Titans.

Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts said: “We have been interested in Will for some time, so I am very pleased to have secured this deal. 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.

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

The Australian becomes the second new signing for the Vikings for next season, following the signing of fellow forward Sam Wilde from Warrington.

Matthews added: “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. 

“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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