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Canberra Raiders beat out “four to five” NRL sides to sign English star

Matty Nicholson Canberra Raiders

Canberra Raiders are one of the NRL sides that traditionally have an English contingent and they’ve added to that with reports that Warrington Wolves’ Matty Nicholson will join the club next season.

Those reports on the move have come from Sydney Morning Herald reporter Michael Chammas who took to social media to confirm that Nicholson would be signing with the Raiders from next season.

Nicholson has been linked with a move down under and only recently Sam Burgess spoke on the topic, explaining that he had long and honest conversations with the 20-year-old about the reality and prospect of moving down under at such a young age.

Burgess had said: “He’s got ambition and I respect that. If he is going to go that way, we’ll send him in the best shape possible and with the most experience possible, but he’s a wonderful player.”

Of course, Sam Burgess did so himself and would go on to become one of the most dominant forwards of his era and arguably the best-ever Englishman in the NRL, meaning Nicholson will have been incredibly well-advised on the matter.

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Nicholson will be the latest in a line of English players to play for the ‘Green Machine’ with Morgan Smithies having moved to the club prior to this season, whilst the likes of Nicholson’s current club and national captain George Williams also represented the Raiders during his time down under.

Canberra Raiders sign Matty Nicholson

Michael Chammas provided the update on his social media that Matty Nicholson, who Wire had signed from Wigan late in the 2022 season, will head down under.

Nicholson had one more year left on his contract with Warrington Wolves but he leaves a year early to take up a chance down under.

Chammas posted on X: “Some news on 100% Footy tonight… young English backrower Matty Nicholson has agreed to join the Canberra Raiders from next season. He’s 20 and plays for Warrington under Sam Burgess. He had 4-5 NRL clubs after him. Good get for the Raiders.”

The news could be announced officially in the coming days with Warrington having already confirmed that they have signed Luke Yates for next season. The Huddersfield Giants captain will join Warrington on a two-year deal.

Sam Burgess had spoken on what a huge signing the Australian was, labelling Yates as an “outstanding” player.

Burgess said: “Luke is an outstanding player who has been one of the comp’s most consistent and hard-working forwards for a number of years.

“He will bring great quality and leadership to our pack and I’m excited to work with him next season.”

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