BY ADAM JOE & CURTIS WOODWARD
Wests Tigers are said to be “still spewing” at former teammate Ryan Matterson and have circled in their round four blockbuster against Matterson’s Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium.
Matterson was just one season into his tenure at Concord when he requested a release at the end of the 2019 season after a reported blow up with Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire.
It was a break out season for the forward and was one of Wests Tigers’ best players but it didn’t stop ongoing speculation Matterson was on the nose with Maguire and vice versa.
“Something did happen at the Tigers and I’m sorry it happened. But it’s a personal matter between myself and the club and I’m going to respect that, hold my side of the bargain,” Matterson said on Monday.
“What I will say though is that in 2019, I gave my all to the Tigers in every single game. And to their fans, I’m sorry about how it happened.
“I understand their frustrations because I was frustrated myself. I signed wanting to hold onto that contract. But it was out of my control. So now I wish them all the best and I’m moving on.”
It’s understood several Wests Tigers players haven’t said a word to Matterson since he walked out.
“Most of the boys are still spewing,” a source close to Wests Tigers told the81stminute.com.
“Everyone else bought in on Madge’s regime and Ryan never really did. That causes drama between the players. The boys have an eye on that game in week four at Parramatta.”
Meanwhile Canterbury legend Andrew Ryan will return for the Bulldogs at the NRL Nines in Perth.
The 41-year-old retired from the NRL in 2011 after 291 games.