posted on 5 December 2013

The Wildcats have secured the signature of Parramatta Eels forward Matt Ryan on a two-year deal.

The Wildcats have signed Matt Ryan on a two-year deal.

The 6ft 6in 25-year old will arrive in Super League after two years with the Eels in which he made 24 appearances and scored four tries.

Ryan, a former teammate of Trinity prop Taulima Tautai, was part of the 2012 Prime Ministers XIII that beat Papua New Guinea alongside the likes of Darius Boyd and Michael Jennings.

Comfortable at either prop or in the back-row, Ryan will join up with his new teammates pending a successful visa application and says he is excited to get the chance to ply his trade in Super League.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Ryan.  “It came as a bit of a shock to get the chance to come over but I jumped at the opportunity.

“I’ve only had two seasons of first grade so Super League wasn’t something I’d really considered but the chance to go to a new country and experience a different lifestyle and competition is an awesome opportunity.

“I spoke to Richard Agar and he said that he’d seen a few of my games and he wanted to give players the chance to show their talents.  He pretty much won me over straight away.”

Ryan was keeping a close eye on Rugby League World Cup 2013 and says the players and crowds on show have whetted his appetite for playing in the northern hemisphere.

“It’s a more open game over there and everyone loves playing attacking footy.  I watched a lot of the World Cup games and some of the skills on show from the Super League players in the different nations were outstanding.

“I spoke to a couple of players that were involved and they spoke about how close the crowd is to the pitch and the noise they make so I’m really excited to play in front of fans like that.”

Trinity head coach Richard Agar was pleased to secure the services of the versatile forward.

“He’s a big guy who has the ability to play on the edges or as a middle player.

“He’s a tremendous attacking player, has good footwork, can offload and will bring a real physical presence to our pack.”

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