Matt Lodge proud of NRL return

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    For many, Brisbane prop Matt Lodge should be a distant memory in the NRL – another case of what might have been.

    Lodge, 22, returned to the NRL this season after a drunken rampage in New York City threatened to completely end his rugby league dreams.

    While the comeback itself was one Lodge and new-team Brisbane Broncos would like to forget, having gone down 34-12 to a strong St George Illawarra Dragons outfit, Lodge announced on social media outlet, Instagram, his happiness to be back in the NRL.

    “After everything I’ve done in my life this is the first time I have genuinely been proud of myself,” said Lodge.

    During the match Lodge was booed throughout by the Dragons fans. The pressure seemed to tell for the prop forward, as he threw a loose pass which was intercepted by former Bronco Ben Hunt for a try.

    Lodge referred to the battles he faced and also emphasised the duration he has been out of the game, saying “No one knows the battles I faced and how hard I had to work to get back to this point. Didn’t get the result on the field Thursday but after three YEARS out of the game I sometimes genuinely thought this day would never come I’m glad I remained committed to my goal and pushed through because it was worth it.”

    Lodge also wanted to thank those who supported him “I truly want to thank those who stuck by me and those who reached out to me when I was riding my low point I’ll never forget it”.

    While the hard-hitting prop may feel as though his battles are over, he’ll face arguably his toughest challenge yet when his side take on the North Queensland Cowboys on Friday night at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

    Lodge will have his work cut out for him, coming up against 2016 Dally M Medal winner Jason Taumalolo. Taumalolo is the first forward in NRL history to make over 5000 metres in a single season and will provide tough opposition for Lodge.

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • March 13th 2018 @ 4:44am
      The Koomz said | March 13th 2018 @ 4:44am | ! Report

      All things aside, he looks a very very good player

      • March 13th 2018 @ 8:32am
        Luke Vella said | March 13th 2018 @ 8:32am | ! Report

        He looks good. He obviously has the size to play the game and be impactful on the field. Hope he can use his ‘popularity’ for lack of a better word, to one day use it to promote the game positively

    • March 13th 2018 @ 6:36am
      i miss the force said | March 13th 2018 @ 6:36am | ! Report


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      March 13th 2018 @ 12:58pm
      Squidward said | March 13th 2018 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

      I know the battles he’s face. I saw it in that CCTV footage

    • March 13th 2018 @ 2:59pm
      Ben said | March 13th 2018 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

      Good on him too! So many people make silly decisions in life, then take the downhill spiral from there. Lodge has owned his mistakes, and done all he can to get his life back on track! I am sure glad he’s at the Broncos.

    • March 13th 2018 @ 7:11pm
      Simoc said | March 13th 2018 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

      Looks good to me. We’re gonna need him playing like that every week.

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