Matt Lodge says he’s been able to move on from his US rampage. (AAP Image/Darren England)
Matt Lodge says he’s been able to move on from his US rampage. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Clear head allows Lodge to finally move on

BRONCOS forward Matt Lodge says he is playing with less of a weight on his shoulders after his first game since reaching a settlement with the victims of his US rampage.

Lodge and Brisbane CEO Paul White announced in the lead up to the NRL's representative round that a confidential agreement had been made with Ruth Fowler and Joseph Cartright after three years of ongoing issues between the pair and Lodge.

The couple - targeted in Lodge's infamous alcohol-fuelled episode in New York three years ago - had been pursuing the 23-year-old for $1.6 million.

A compensation deal has now been agreed upon by both parties and Lodge said he already noticed the difference when he took to the field on Saturday against the Raiders.

"There's definitely a weight off my shoulders," he said.

"I can move forward now with a clear head. I'm just looking to build on my footy performance.

"I have a lot to improve on and hopefully I can just start working on that."

The divisive prop was one of Brisbane's strongest forwards against Canberra, running for 104m and making 20 tackles in a 48 minute performance.

 

Lodge was one of Brisbane’s best in the win over Canberra. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Lodge was one of Brisbane’s best in the win over Canberra. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

He said he has been going from strength to strength for the Broncos this year but knows he has a lot to work on if he wants to help the club be a real force in the finals series.

Lodge is currently off-contract but has to wait for an approval from NRL CEO Todd Greenberg before he can re-sign with the Broncos, with the governing body still assessing the repayment plan that has been made between the forward and his victims.

Lodge revealed on Saturday that he is yet to hear anything but knows he will stay with the Broncos once he receives that greenlight.

"I haven't heard anything," he said of his contract situation.

"I'm just trying to play good footy and my manager (Isaac Moses) and the club will sort that out.

"I'm just worried about playing footy and getting some wins for the Broncs. We're in a pretty important position and we need to turn it up a gear.

"I came here for a reason and I want to repay the faith … I'm looking to stay here."

 

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