Date of Birth: 10/07/1983
Club (as player): Geelong
Club (as coach): Essendon
Games (Goals): 59 (1)
Recruited From: 2004 AFL Draft, from Geelong (VFL)
- Best 1st Year Player 2005
- Best Clubman 2007
- All Australian 2007
Matt was a terrific junior tennis player and didn’t take up football until his late teens.
Recruited from the Geelong VFL side after being nominated in the VFL Team of the Year in 2004, Matt made an immediate impact in the AFL. Playing as a Centre Half Back, Matt regularly took on some of the games great forwards of the modern era, including Nick Riewoldt, Matthew Pavlich, Barry Hall, Jonathon Brown, and Matthew Lloyd. His form against these opponents saw him awarded with an All Australian jumper in 2007.
Unfortunately late in the 2007 season, Matt suffered a serious navicular injury and missed the 2007 AFL Finals, which included a Geelong Premiership. Due to the nature of the injury Matt never returned to play another game.
In his last year as a player in 2009 on the Geelong list he worked as an Assistant Coach for the Geelong VFL team. He continued in this role in 2010 before moving to Essendon to pursue an Assistant Coaching role.