Departing St George Illawarra back-rower Will Matthews has thanked Dragons members and fans for their support over the past six seasons.

Matthews signed a two-year deal with the Widnes Vikings, and will link up with former Dragons Charly Runciman and Chris Houston from 2018.

Matthews' final season at the Red V was unfortunately hampered after he suffered a dislocated hip in the pre-season Charity Shield fixture - as a result he was limited to one NRL game in 2017.