Worthing Raiders can confirm the signing of Rotherham Titans scrum-half Matt Walsh
The 24 year old who played at Sussex rivals Haywards Heath from the age of 6 has moved from strength to strength since studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University six years ago. Having previously played for Darlington Mowden Park and most recently Rotherham Titans, Matt decided to move back to Sussex and concentrate on his career whilst still playing a high level of rugby. Having secured a teaching role at Angmering High School this has allowed him to do just that.
There seems to be a really positive vibe within the squad at the moment and Matt’s arrival has boosted this even more. Raiders coach Ben Coulson added “We are really excited to have a player of Walshy’s calibre on board and seeing what he can offer to the group. He’s played Championship rugby for a reason and we’re sure everyone will get to see his talent in a Worthing shirt”
What attracted you to come and play for Worthing?
I think having being brought up in Sussex the majority of my life, Worthing has always been the leading senior side in the South East, so naturally it is a club that you aspire to play for when you are young. But having spoken to Ian earlier in the year we discussed my options about focusing on my teaching career whilst still playing at a competitive level. Therefore, Worthing has provided me with a great opportunity to able to teach whilst playing rugby at a club with a lot of potential, who are coached well and have vision for the future and that is something I’m really excited about at Worthing.
Do you think your experience of playing in the Championship will help other players in the squad?
I’d like to think there are certain aspects of my game and how I train which could help others within the team. But, in regards to experience I’m sure there are plenty of people within the coaching staff and squad who have more of that than me. Although, having previously played National 1 & 2, hopefully I can contribute a bit of knowledge of what it will take for us to step up this season and how we could possibly raise our standards as a team to push for National 1 rugby.
Who’s your sporting hero and why?
I used to absolutely love Michael Owen when I was younger, but as a hero I couldn’t look much further than Neil Back. For me being pretty small back in the day he showed all us vertically challenged lads that size wasn’t an issue in sport and to just get stuck in and I think that’s something that’s really stuck with me.
What’s your greatest rugby achievement?
I’d have to say having the opportunity to play in the World Club 7’s at Twickenham and reaching the Cup final was something I’ll never forget.
When did you start playing rugby and who for?
I started playing rugby when I was six for Haywards Heath up until I was about eighteen when I left for university. They gave me my first ever season of men’s rugby and I still head down for the odd game of touch at the club now!