Matthew Werkmeister has revealed he is keen to develop his acting career after leaving Neighbours, and has written a film script.

It was announced last October that Matthew – who plays Zeke Kinski – will be leaving the Australian soap after nearly six years, but he has now spoken about his next career move.

“Neighbours was a dream, but it’s time for me to move on,” he told Inside Soap.

“I’m keen to get back into the auditioning game and I’ve written a short film.”

Matthew, 19, joined Neighbours as a 13-year-old to play Zeke, Susan Kennedy’s stepson, and has grown in confidence since his first episode.

“The experience freaked me out at first, but you get more comfortable as time goes on – I think I hit my stride about halfway through,” he said.

He revealed that his character’s exit is not as exciting as he would have wished.

“It would have been fun to get killed off,” he said. ‘I guess they couldn’t do that so soon after Ringo Brown and Bridget Parker. I wouldn’t have minded Zeke shipping off to Hawaii either – I could do video conference from the beach.”

However his exit happens, Matthew admitted it was sad watching fellow teen actors leave the show before him, but said: “Now it’s my turn.”