Dyldam Parramatta Eels under 20s five-eighth Ryan Matterson says he’s speechless after capping off 2014 with a green and gold jersey in the Junior Kangaroos side.
Heading into Junior Kangaroos camp on Friday to prepare to play the Junior Kiwis in Auckland, Matterson couldn’t wait to run out onto Mt Smart Stadium.
“I was very privileged and honoured to get the call up,” Matterson said.
“It’s been a dream come true this year. Last year I had a lot of injuries but I bounced back this year, had a good crack at NSW Cup, played Under 20s Origin and now I’m wearing green and gold.”
The Junior Test will see Matterson face up against his Eels teammates Zach Dockar-Clay and Josh Aloiai, and the playmaker will also be at the Eels for another 3 seasons after re-signing with the club earlier this season.
“I signed for another 3 years and I can’t wait to get amongst it,” Matterson said.
“Brad Arthur’s a great coach and I’m looking forward to spending my time at Parramatta.”
“Leading into next year, I just want to be a dominant player in NSW Cup. But if I can get a chance to play NRL I’d take that with both hands.”
The Junior Kangaroos, including Eels Under 20s teammates Matterson and Kelepi Tanginoa, take on the Junior Kiwis on October 18 at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium. Kick off is at 7pm local time.