PLAYERS | Matt Sing

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Panther 345

36 matches [1993-1995]

56 points [14 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_sing-matt.htm

Queensland born (Winton) junior who had been signed by Penrith after representing Central Queensland Under 17s as a halfback. However, he would be transformed in the lower grades as a centre and would make his first grade debut in 1993, one of an incredible 15 who would so for Penrith that year.

After four matches in his debut year, he would make 17 appearances in 1994, scoring six tries and being awarded the club’s Rookie of the Year award for that year, as well as being selected for the Junior Kangaroos.

When the Panthers as a club sided with the rebel Super League competition in 1995, Sing was one of a small number of players that remained loyal with the incumbent Australian Rugby League (ARL). With only ARL loyal players eligible for representative selection that year, Sing’s performances were rewarded with selection for Queensland in the State of Origin series, playing in all three matches on the wing. Shortly after, he became Penrith’s seventh Australian Test representative when he was selected on the wing in the mid-season series versus New Zealand. However, injury would prevent him being selected for the World Cup later that year.

However, Penrith’s shift to the Super League meant that ARL loyal players could not be contracted at the club in 1996, and was promptly signed by the Sydney City Roosters. After six seasons at the Roosters, he played five at North Queensland before playing out his career with two seasons in England at Hull FC.

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