‘To play for Saints is a dream come true’

Matty Dawson is tackled by London Bronco James Cunningham during the Super League match at Langtree Park.
Matty Dawson is tackled by London Bronco James Cunningham during the Super League match at Langtree Park.
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Speedy winger Matty Dawson admits he was “looking at all options” before securing his dream move to Saints.

The 23-year-old endured a frustrating time at Huddersfield - where he found himself out of favour after suffering a string of debilitating injuries.

But his career has taken a huge leap forward since he arrived at Langtree Park, buoyed by the confidence that Nathan Brown retained all his faith in his ability.

Dawson said: “When I did get the chance at Huddersfield I thought I did pretty well. But it was a bit of a rough time. I’m not sure why it didn’t quite work but there was a lot of competition for places in my position there.

“It was a massive confidence-boost when I found out Nathan wanted to bring me here. To find out he still believed in my ability made me feel about 10-feet tall.

“Even if he hadn’t been at St Helens I would have joined up with him - but to come here was a dream come true.

“Before that I had been looking at all options. I didn’t necessarily think I needed to take a backward step or drop down a league but when you’ve not played a lot of games it can be hard to find a club.

“With the injuries I’d had I knew I was effectively a step behind other players my age.”

Dawson, who has recently enjoyed a decent spell in the Saints side, reckons his versatility is an asset - he can play numerous positions across the back line. But he admits the wing is where he feels most comfortable.

Dawson also told how he feels his game has improved since moving to Saints.

“I knew I was coming into a tough environment and a squad full of talented players,” he said.

“But all I needed was a chance - and Nathan’s given me that.

“Players like Paul Wellens, Jon Wilkin and James Roby are household names. I’ve obviously looked at the way they go about their business and learnt from them. Hopefully that will benefit me in the long-term.

“I look up to players like Tommy Makinson too. He’s actually younger than me but has a lot more experience because of the injuries I’ve had.”

And Dawson has backed Saints to finish top of the league and have a good run at the play-offs, despite play-maker Luke Walsh being out for the season with a broken leg.

He added: “Injuries happen in a season but there are players here who can come in and fill those gaps and we’ve all got faith in the players who come in.

“The confidence hasn’t been affected by Luke’s injury. We all feel sorry for him but hopefully it will spur us on to do our best for him - he’s one of the boys after all.”