May 11, 2018 by admin
Will power: Will Matthews has been solid for the Dragons in recent weeks. Picture: Adam McLean AS the Dragons crash out of finals contention, Will Matthews is one player who has salvaged some part of the later stages of this year.
Matthews, 24, joined the club this season, having established himself as a first grader playing 33 games for Gold Coast since 2008.
A string of injuries left him sidelined and despondent as he adjusted to life at his new club.
‘‘It was a pretty disappointing start to the year,’’ Matthews said. ‘‘I wasn’t playing my best footy but it has been good to come home strong.’’
Hip surgery limited his off-season training and then he injured his ankle upon his return for Illawarra Cutters in NSW Cup.
Matthews then strained his hamstring which halted his progress.
‘‘It’s a bit of a mental battle sometimes,’’ Matthews said. ‘‘You want to be playing your best footy but when you get these little injuries it’s hard to find your feet.
‘‘Some days you get down a little bit but you’ve got to stay positive.’’
Matthews was rewarded with his club debut in the Dragons impressive 26-18 win against Melbourne in round 21.
The backrower has gone on to play in the past four games including making 36 tackles — second only to hooker Mitch Rein — in his first starting appearance against North Queensland last Monday.
‘‘I feel like I’m finding my best form,’’ said Matthews, who joined the club on a two-year deal. ‘‘I was pretty nervous when I played my first game.
‘‘I felt like I was making my debut all over again. If I perform every week I should hold my spot.’’
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