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Lodge ready for NRL return: Moses

  • Lodge ready for NRL return: Moses

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23: Matthew Lodge of the Tigers runs at Rory Kostjasyn of the Cowboys during the round 11 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on May 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Troubled forward Matt Lodge is ready for a return to the NRL, according to his former Wests Tigers teammate Mitchell Moses.

Lodge was sacked by the Tigers in October 2015 over domestic violence allegations, and the 21-year-old has been in and out of the headlines since his arrest in New York late last year.

He enjoyed a triumphant return to rugby league at the weekend when his St Patrick's A-grade side won their grand final.

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"I think he's ready to come back," Moses said.

"I have spoken to him a lot since the incident and he has really changed his ways. He is off the drink and he is really trying to change himself.

"Speaking to him he seems a calmer person and more mature in the way he handles himself.

"He would be a massive asset to any team."

Lodge has been linked to a return to the NRL with Brisbane.

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has spoken to Lodge about playing at Red Hill.

"Before it all he was one of the up-and-coming front-rowers in the game, if not the best front-rower coming through," Moses said.

"He was a big loss for us. But if a team picks him up he will be a massive asset."

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