"In the first weeks at Radomsko, I was an individualist off the field as well."
Matysek now hopes that the time spent out of the limelight and concentrating solely on his game will send him into the World Cup in perfect condition.
He already has more than 30 caps to his name and, like any true professional, he has not given up hope of wresting the starting position from Dudek.
"Jerzy plays in a very good team, which is on the top all the time," Matysek said.
"But I think I'm going to be a bit of nuisance for him.
"Apart from that, every match I play for the national team is a reward and a kind of promotion for me."