New recruit Will Matthews has returned for his second stint at the club and has enjoyed every minute since re-joining the men from north of the Tweed.
Matthews was a late arrival to pre-season training after he sought a release from the Widnes Vikings in the English Super League. The back rower then had a discussion with Head Coach Garth Brennan and it was a pretty easy decision for the Kyogle junior.
“I played under him with the NSW Residents a few years back and liked what he was about,” Matthews said.
“He’s a good honest dude and he just wants everyone to work hard. He’s got good values and I think he’s a good leader.”
The 29-year-old made his debut for the Titans back in season 2008 but then moved to the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2012. After six years south of the border, Matthews is pleased to be back.
“I always had in the back of my mind that I’d like to come back and it luckily came up when Garth approached me.
“I’m enjoying my time here and the training has been awesome.”
One thing that Matthews has noticed is the shift in focus back on to the local juniors and the support of the region, something he thought had slipped away prior to his departure in 2011.
“Garth’s emphasis is on keeping the local juniors and I think maybe the club moved away from that slightly, went and bought a few players instead of trying to focus on what we already had. I think it’s important to focus on the juniors in the area.”