Matterson eyes back row spot
Versatile Ryan Matterson says he would prefer to star in the back row for Sydney Roosters next year.
But as the Tricolours gear up for a premiership push, the 23-year-old admits he'd settle for any spot in Trent Robinson's side.
Matterson has played 38 NRL games for the Roosters over the past two seasons, since moving from Parramatta where he'd played in the junior ranks.
I've come back with the mentality of a backrower; that's what I'm aiming for, but I'll play wherever I fit.Ryan Matterson
He made an immediate impression in the competition and was picked for NSW City against NSW Country after just two senior appearances.
Able to play in a number of different roles including centre, Matterson has grabbed five tries so far for the Tricolours including one on his debut against the Dragons in Round 8 of 2016.
Now a month into his third pre-season with the Roosters, he says he's looking to keep improving.
"Every day I want to come in better than yesterday, that's our motto," added Matterson. "This is now my second season in the backrow, so I just want to build from last year and hopefully take some of these younger guys under my wing.
"I've come back with the mentality of a backrower; that's what I'm aiming for, but I'll play wherever I fit. I would prefer to play backrow, that's the position I've got my eyes set on, and I enjoy it there the most."
The Tricolours will have a number of spots vacant during pre-season, and Matterson says all the players are ready to put their hands up.
He added: "It kind of feels like we went well last year, but we feel a lot better this year. The standards have gone up and there's bigger expectation; we know how far we went, but we can still be better."
Sydney Roosters are 5.00 to win the grand final.
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