Matt made the tough decision to move to Port Adelaide as a free agent for the 2014 season and it proved to be a great decision for both player and club. Matt played 22 games averaging 14 disposals and kicking 25 goals in a season that saw Port Adelaide get within one kick of making a grand final. The personal highlight for Matt came against his former club, Richmond, when he had 3 bounces running down the wing and kicked goal of the year.
2015 saw Matt have another good year playing 18 games and king 17 goals. When missing through injury the Power really missed his run and carry game.
Matt will be a vital component of the 2016 Port Adelaide side as they push towards a premiership.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played for Sunbury Lions as a junior and then Calder Cannons in the under 18’s. The highlight for me was definitely winning the 2005 premiership with the Calder Cannons on the MCG.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: Robert Harvey. He was a hard strong midfielder who worked really hard to get the most out of his footy and he was just a really good player.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was sitting on the couch watching kids TV. I was picked in the Pre-Season draft so it wasn’t on the radio. My dad saw it on the internet and came in and told me about it.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: My three bounce goal against Fremantle in 2012. It was the best goal I’ve ever kicked.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: I love my golf. I play off an 18 Handicap and I play at Goonawarra Golf Club which is out near Sunbury. I also like to go mountain riding and dirt bike riding when I can.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: I’d probably be a plumber.