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Hailing from Sacred Heart College and Woodville-West Torrens in Adelaide, Matthew was selected by Fremantle with the fourth pick in the 1999 National Draft.
He starred in a number of roles for the Dockers over his 17-year career, becoming the first WA based player to play over 300 AFL games, finishing with 353 games and 700 goals. Matthew was named as an All-Australian six times in all three areas of the ground; midfield, defence and attack, highlighting his versatility. Early in his career Matthew helped Fremantle advance to their first finals series in 2003 and a preliminary finals berth in 2006.
As Captain throughout the 2007/08 seasons he was at the coalface of the club’s rebuild, and enjoyed that labour nearing the end of his career where he led Freo into five finals series including the club’s first Grand Final appearance in 2013. He captained the Dockers for a record 9 years which sees him ranked 6thall time for games played as an AFL Captain.
Off the field Matthew has obtained both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from University of Western Australia. He was President of the AFLPA’s and a member of their board of directors. During his career he also spent time on the AFL Laws of the Game Committee.
He is now embarking on a blossoming career with Fox Sports and Channel 9.
Matthew has also been involved in a number of business ventures. He is co-founder of PickStar, an online marketplace that connects past and present athletes and talent with commercial opportunities of any budget in any location. Matthew is also an investor and Business and Commercial Manager of PMY Group which develops, implements, manages and commercialises digital, technology and data projects.
Matthew is married to wife Lauren and they have three young children; Harper, Jack and William.
“Leading high performing and diverse teams.” Matthew is a sought after speaking talent given his vast experience within the AFL industry, tertiary education and his burgeoning business experience. He opens up on his various anecdotes from his 17 years in the game focusing on dealing with failure and adversity, operating a high performance culture, the importance of diversity and inclusion, team dynamics, feedback, values and behaviours and leadership.