Everyone's talking about the big names in the NRL that have made the move to a rival club.

Shaun Johnson, Angus Crichton and a bunch of other stars will run out wearing different jerseys this season and all are expected to make a big impact.

But for all the big name signings, there are a few shrewd signings who I believe have slipped under the radar.


1. Ryan Matterson (Sydney Roosters to Wests Tigers)

Ryan Matterson started his career playing five-eighth in the lower grades at Parramatta and was touted for big things before making the switch to the Roosters.

Matterson made his debut in 2016 and notched up 60 games as a Mr-fix-it including last year's Grand Final victory, playing in the halves, back row and at centre.

The utility is a versatile pick-up for the Wests Tigers who could easily slot him into their starting back row.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Ryan Matterson in action during the round 21 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)


  1. I hope Elgey is fit and firing this year.
    We need him to fire and a couple of outside backs (Hoppa/Garrick/Parker/Suli) to fire if we are any chance to make the 8.

  2. After making his NRL debut from the Sydney Roosters as a 5/8 he was developed by the Chooks into a forward and over the past 3 season has bulked up unbelievably big. We will miss Ryan Matterson. Great hard runner and great defender. The Roosters were not prepared to offer him the amount that Wests got him for. Good luck at the Magpies and Tigers colours.😘

  3. Who can’t be a NSW back rower at the moment. You have Boyd Cordner, Tyson Frizell, Wade Graham, Angus Crichton, Josh Jackson, Tyrone Peachey and Tariq Sims already with experience. Let’s not forget either about the potential players coming up with Tevita Pangai Junior, Isaah Yeo and Shaun Lane. Matterson will need to have a top quality season if he wants to stand out among those names.

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