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Josh is keen to prove his worth
JOSH Matavesi returns to England with ‘unfinished business’ to attend to, according to Worcester’s new back division recruit.
The Cornish-raised Fijian international came through the ranks with Exeter Chiefs but struggled to hold down a regular spot at Sandy Park and moved to Parisian outfit Racing Metro 92.
After one season in the French capital, where he played in the Top 14 as well as the Heineken Cup, the versatile 21-year-old centre, who can also play full-back, fly-half or wing, comes back to England to bolster Worcester’s midfield options.
Matavesi, who will also add a kicking option in the Warriors centres, said: “I can’t wait to come to Warriors.
“I have been around the club, liked the way Richard Hill spoke and the plans for the future and next season. Walking around Sixways, I was sold on coming here and being part of it.
“I feel like I have unfinished business. I didn’t really establish myself at Exeter and this is a great opportunity to come back and put my stamp on things.
“The move to Racing Metro was an amazing experience — to play and live in Paris and experience a new lifestyle and culture.
“I got to play with some great players like Sebastien Chabal, Juan Martin Hernandez and Francois Steyn — these guys are awesome and have taught me so much.
“To be rubbing shoulders with world-class players has made me work on my game and strive to get better. I have improved so much just being around them, on and off the field.
“I am a better player since the move. I feel a more mature person for the switch to France and from what I have learnt.
“To face the likes of Toulon, Perpignan and a packed-house against Stade Francais, it’s only helped me.
“We have our last game this weekend against Agen. If we win with a bonus we could make the knock-out stages, so hopefully we have a few more games yet. But, when it is all done, I look forward to getting to Warriors and starting a new challenge.”
Matavesi first visited Sixways as a teenager and is excited by the chance to play in front of the Warriors faithful.
He added: “I went to watch a game at Sixways when I was just 13 and that has stuck with me.
“It’s an awesome atmosphere and you feel like the whole city is behind you. Everything stops on Saturday and people go to see the Warriors. I love that about the club.”