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

Matthews, who can play at prop, second row and loose forward, made his NRL debut in 2008 for Gold Coast Titans. He went on to join St George Illawarra Dragons in 2012, where he earned selection into the NSW Cup representative squad in both 2013 and 2015 respectively.

The talented forward, 29, has played almost 100 career games and represented Australia at youth level.

Denis Betts says: “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.”

Will Matthews says: “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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