Weeks of speculation came to an abrupt close at 8:30PM this evening as the Parramatta Eels’ issued a late night statement confirming the acquisition of backrower Ryan Matterson on a three year deal.
The Eels had been vocal in their desire to bolster their forward pack with a strike backrower after signing Reagan Campbell-Gillard to shore up their prop rotation and were linked to the likes of David Fifita and Tyson Frizell along side Matterson. While any of the three players would have been a blockbuster addition to the Eels, Ryan Matterson always represented a tantalising balance of talent, value and experience among the trio.
Matterson, who joined Clinton Gutherson on the cusp on selection for the NSW Blues in 2019, brings something unique to Parramatta with his intoxicating blend of freakish athleticism and play-making from the backrow. With 84 games and a NRL premiership to his name, Matterson also brings vital big game experience to a team looking to make a deep push into the 2020 post-season.
There is no doubt the Parramatta Eels now field their most talented and well-rounded top seventeen in a long, long, LONG time. With that said, how do you all feel about the signing? Is Ryan Matterson the catalyst for the Eels to ascend to the level of the perennial premiership heavy weights like the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm?
I can tell you one bloke that is excited by this addition!
My mate yes lessgggoooo. Scroonchy https://t.co/GoZK5ZB9ME
— Blake Ferguson (@Fergyferg4) November 7, 2019