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Will Matthews was the Seagulls’ best player in the win over Mackay Cutters on Saturday.
Will Matthews was the Seagulls’ best player in the win over Mackay Cutters on Saturday. Blainey Woodham

KYOGLE'S Will Matthews admits it will be strange leaving behind Shannon Walker when he moves to the St George Illawarra Dragons on a two-year NRL contract next season.

Matthews and Walker have enjoyed the highs and lows of rugby league since they were kids playing with the Kyogle Turkeys.

“I've been playing with him (Walker) since I was kid, so it will be a bit different,” Matthews said.

“He is such a character and I'll definitely miss him.”

The pair won an Under-18 grand final together in 2005 in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League before inking deals with the Gold Coast Titans in 2006.

They also both played in the Tweed Seagulls' 2007 Queensland Cup grand final victory.

Matthews and Walker have spent most of the 2011 season hampered by hamstring injuries, but Matthews is determined to go out on top.

“We're undefeated in Q Cup and it's looking like another grand final might be on the cards for us,” he said.

“Shannon and I have had a bad year with injuries, but he is due back in about two weeks.”

The bullocking front-rower played his first game back from a six-week stint on the sidelines, scoring a try in a 48-8 drubbing of Wynnum-Manly last Sunday.

The 23-year-old hopes a move to Sydney will bring about a change of fortune on the injury front.

“I was off-contract and wanted to get out of my comfort zone,” he said.

“They have a winning culture there and I'm looking forward to living in Wollongong.”

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