Matty has high hopes

Matty Dawson
Matty Dawson

Matty Dawson’s out-of-the-blue arrival at Langtree Park on a two-year deal a few month ago wasn’t exactly greeted with the same kind of headlines which heralded the signing of Penrith Panthers pair Luke Walsh and Masoe Masoe.

But the 23-year-old Pontefract-born player, who can operate either as a winger or centre, is hoping to make as much impact as his more illustrious team-mates.

“I only played few first team games for the Huddersfield Giants last season and arrived at St Helens under the radar so to speak,” he told the club website.

“I was due off contract when I heard my former boss, Nathan Brown, was interested in signing me.

“He had originally taken me from Castleford Tigers but despite never having the opportunity to play for him before he moved to St Helens, he must have seen something he liked in me.”

Dawson said: “The pull of such a great club like Saints was almost impossible to turn down and now my aim is to help them win more trophies.”

He added: “Pre-season training has been tough so far. I am working hard on my conditioning and hopefully I will be ready to challenge for a first team spot when the season starts.”

Brown commented: “Matty is quick, talented and keen to learn.

“He had shown a great deal of promise at the Giants and now, like other younger players at Saints, he needs to get his head down and work hard.”