I want to be a role model: Wests Tigers recruit primed to lead from the front

Wests Tigers recruit Ryan Matterson insists he wasn’t fazed when former coach Ivan Cleary walked out to join Penrith.

Matterson has joined the joint venture from premiership-winners Sydney Roosters and says he was only worried about feeling the love.

“I only talked to Ivan once, but I wasn’t really worrying about who was coaching me. I just wanted to go to a club that wanted me,” Matterson told AAP.

“I really wanted an opportunity to cement my spot in the team and to become a leader, become a role model and have people look up to me.

“I want to actually help people. I wanted someone to give me a fair go and play my style. I think the move to the Wests Tigers was the best decision for me.”

Wests Tigers kick off their NRL campaign at Leichhardt Oval against Manly.

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