Raiders Matthew Allwood:           NRL Rugby League, Round 9, NZ Warriors v Canberra Raiders at Eden Park, Saturday May 10th 2014. Digital image by Shane Wenzlick, copyright nrlphotos.com

Canberra’s rookie NRL centre Matt Allwood will join the Vodafone Warriors on a three-year contract at the end of the 2014 season.

The 21-year-old has made nine first-grade appearances this year after his debut in Canberra’s first-round clash against North Queensland.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden knows about Allwoods’ quality from his time as assistant coach of Canberra’s NRL side from 2010-2012.

“I saw Matt come through Canberra’s system into the NYC and was impressed with him from the outset,” he said.

“He’s quick and he’s a tough kid, too. It’s great to have a young player of his ability coming into the club to add to add depth and quality to our centres.

“It will help make the environment really competitive, which is just what we need.”

While excited about linking up with the Vodafone Warriors and working alongside McFadden he said he was indebted to Canberra.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity the Raiders have given me to play at the club from a junior level and to make my NRL debut with them is something I’ll never forget,” he said.

“Although I’ve signed a new deal with the Warriors, I’m still committed to playing out the season for the Raiders and hopefully finishing my time with the club on a high.

“I’m looking forward to working with Andrew McFadden at the Warriors and the chance to continue to build my NRL career.”

Born in Scone in New South Wales, Allwood has represented New South Wales at both under-17 and under-18 levels.

Allwood graduated to Canberra’s fulltime NRL squad last season after making 32 NYC appearances in 2011 and 2012. Last year he played for the Raiders’ feeder club the Mounties in the New South Wales Cup.

 

MATT ALLWOOD

Born: November 16, 1992

Birthplace: Scone, New South Wales

Position: Centre

Height: 185cm

Weight: 93kg

Junior Club: Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

NRL Debut: Canberra v North Queensland, 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville, March 8, 2014 (Round 1)

NRL Career: 9 appearances 2014

NRL Points: 4 points (1 try)

Representative: New South Wales Under-17 and Under-18