The Dolphins are set to lock in Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson, who is preparing to make his State of Origin debut next week.

Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins are reportedly set to secure the signature of gun Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson.

Matterson, who is set to make his Origin debut next Wednesday, is off contract at the end of the 2022 season and has been one of the Dolphins’ top targets.

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The Dolphins have already signed a number of forwards in key positions, but are set to land Matterson, according to Wide World of Sports.

If Matterson were to join Wayne Bennett’s outfit at the Dolphins it would spell disaster for Parramatta who are losing Isaiah Papali’I to the Tigers, Marata Niukore to the Warriors, Ray Stone to the Dolphins and Reed Mahoney to the Bulldogs.

The Dolphins have been slow to build their roster ahead of their debut season, however Matterson’s signature would be a major coup.

So far the Dolphins have managed to secure Felise Kaufusi, Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich (Storm), Ray Stone (Eels), Valynce Te Whare (rugby union), Jamayne Isaako (Broncos), Euan Aitken (Warriors), Tom Gilbert (Cowboys), Robert Jennings (Panthers), Edrick Lee (Knights), Connelly Lemuelu (Cowboys) and Mark Nicholls (Rabbitohs).

Matterson has played 130 games in stints at the Roosters, Tigers, and Eels since making his NRL debut in 2016.

Originally published as Dolphins set to land prized State of Origin debutant

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