Matt Priddis

Matthew Harley Priddis (born 21 March 1985) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Matt Priddis
Personal information
Full name Matthew Harley Priddis
Date of birth (1985-03-21) 21 March 1985
Original team(s) Sorrento-Duncraig JFC
Draft No. 31, 2006 rookie draft
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–2017 West Coast 240 (73)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2004–2005 Western Australia 2 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Prior to being drafted, Priddis won two premierships with the Subiaco Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and also won the 2006 Sandover Medal as the league's best player. An inside midfielder, he debuted for West Coast during the 2006 season, becoming a regular in the team the following season. Priddis won the John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest player in the 2013 season, and has been runner-up in the award on another four occasions.

Following Darren Glass's retirement midway through the 2014 season, Priddis was named acting co-captain. At the end of the season, he was awarded the 2014 Brownlow Medal as the competition's best and fairest player, becoming only the third West Coast player to win the award (after Chris Judd and Ben Cousins). He also finished runner-up to Nat Fyfe in the 2015 Brownlow Medal count. In 2017, Priddis broke Lenny Hayes' record for the most career tackles in the AFL, becoming the first player to surpass the 1,500 mark.[1]

Early career

Priddis was raised in Manjimup, a country town in Western Australia's south-west region, but moved to Perth, the state's capital, as a teenager, playing at junior level for Sorrento–Duncraig.[2] He represented Western Australia at both under-16 and under-18 level respectively,[3] in addition to also making his senior debut for Subiaco in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) as well, playing two games early in the 2003 season.[4] Priddis became a regular in Subiaco's senior side during the 2004 season. He played 21 games, including Subiaco's win over Claremont in the Grand Final, en route to ultimately being named the WAFL's Rising Star at the end of the season.[5] At the end of the season, he was offered a well-paid contract in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), but turned it down on the advice of Subiaco's coach, Peter German.[3] During the 2005 season, Priddis won Subiaco's best and fairest award, the Tom Outridge Medal, as well as also winning the Simpson Medal as Western Australia's best player in the state game against Queensland.[4] He was subsequently selected by West Coast with the 31st pick in the 2006 Rookie Draft, but only after he had already been overlooked in three previous national drafts.[6]

AFL career

Priddis made his AFL debut for West Coast midway through the 2006 season, aged 21, recording 19 disposals and five tackles against Geelong. He played one further AFL game during the season, against Port Adelaide, spending the remainder of the season in the WAFL.[7] Priddis averaged over 31 disposals per game at WAFL level, playing in a second premiership for Subiaco and winning the Sandover Medal with 58 votes at the end of the season, a competition record (since equalled by Kane Mitchell in 2012).[4]

Having been upgraded to West Coast's senior list for the 2007 season, Priddis recorded 45 disposals, 30 handballs, 15 kicks, 5 marks and 3 tackles in round 14, 2008 against Hawthorn. His 30 handpasses was then the highest tally ever recorded (recorded since 1987), until Gary Ablett, Jr. broke the record the following season.[8] During the 2013 season, Priddis played his 150th game for West Coast, becoming a life member of the club. At the end of the season, he was awarded West Coast's best and fairest award, the newly named John Worsfold Medal.[9] He had finished second in the award on two previous occasions, in 2010 and 2011.[10]

After Darren Glass retired midway through the 2014 season, Priddis was named acting co-captain of the club for the remainder of the season, along with four other players. He had been a member of the club's leadership group since the 2009 season.[11] He finished the home-and-away-season ranked first in disposals, second in contested possessions and third in tackles. Priddis was awarded the Brownlow Medal as the AFL's best and fairest player at the end of the season. Polling 26 votes, Priddis became the third West Coast player to win the award and the second person, after Haydn Bunton, Sr., to have won both a Brownlow Medal and a Sandover Medal. He also became the first player to win the award having begun his career on the rookie list.[12] Priddis' best previous finish came in the 2011 Brownlow Medal count when, with 19 votes, he finished equal seventh.[13]

After laying 11 tackles against Hawthorn in round five of the 2017 season, Priddis simultaneously broke Lenny Hayes' record for the most AFL career tackles and became the first player to lay 1,500 career tackles.[14]

On 28 July 2017, he announced his retirement from the AFL at the end of the 2017 season.[15] Matt Priddis played the final game of his career in the semi final, where he collected 30 disposals and 7 tackles in a 67 point loss to the GWS Giants.

Playing style

Known for his "unusually strong legs and hips",[3] as well as his "thirst for hard work" and "football smarts",[16] Priddis is regarded as both a specialist at stoppages and as "one of the league's most reliable workhorses".[17] He generally plays as an inside midfielder and led the AFL in average handballs in 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as in total handballs in 2011, with additionally high rankings in the categories of both clearances and contested possessions. Priddis is also known for his tackling ability, having averaged more than five tackles per game in all but his first season.[18] His figure of 193 tackles for the 2011 season has only been beaten by teammate Scott Selwood (202 during the same year) since tackles were first recorded in 1987, while his 18 tackles against Richmond during the 2014 season has only been beaten by Sydney's Jude Bolton (19 tackles against West Coast in 2011).[19] On 23 April 2017, he passed Lenny Hayes' record for the highest number of tackles in a playing career.[20]


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the season only
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 West Coast 45200191231690.
2007 West Coast 1124114305260565731280.50.212.710.823.53.05.3
2008 West Coast 111829202228430441030.10.511.212.723.92.45.7
2009 West Coast 112068200309509551270.30.410.015.525.52.86.4
2010 West Coast 111945152336488361300.
2011 West Coast 112595276386662761930.
2012 West Coast 112283196379575601220.40.18.917.
2013 West Coast 112165221344565491290.30.210.516.426.92.36.1
2014 West Coast 1122108261366627561610.50.411.916.628.52.57.3
2015 West Coast 112475239472711441760.
2016 West Coast 112244214383597401880.20.29.717.427.11.88.5
2017 West Coast 112166178341519481630.30.38.516.
Career 240 73 62 2463 3816 6279 587 1629 0.3 0.3 10.3 15.9 26.2 2.4 6.8

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2007 9
2008 5
2009 7
2010 13
2011 19
2012 9
2013 13
2014 26
2015 28
2016 17
2017 3
Total 149
Green / Bold = Won
* = joint winner
Red / Italics = Ineligible



Personal life

Matthew Priddis and his wife, Ashleigh Priddis, a schoolteacher, married in 2009. They have two daughters and one son.[22][23][24] Prior to being drafted into the AFL, he worked as a tiler,[3] and was also involved in surf lifesaving.[25] Priddis is distinguishable on the football field by his "distinctive shock of curly hair".[26][27][28]

See also


  1. "Hawthorn beats West Coast, Geelong coasts past St Kilda: AFL round five stats". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. Alex Malcolm (30 November 2013). "Priddis pays credit to 'idol' Worsfold" – Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. Jesse Hogan (15 August 2014). "Matt Priddis' rise at West Coast earns many admirers"The Age. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. "Matthew PRIDDIS (Subiaco)". WAFL Online. West Australian Football Commission. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  5. "2004 Premiership Reunion" – Subiaco Football Club. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  6. Simon White (12 August 2011). "Matt Priddis, AFL man of 'myth-tery'" – WAtoday. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  7. Matt Priddis playing statistics – AFL Tables. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  8. "Season and Game Highs". AFL Tables. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  9. Brad Elborough (29 November 2013). "Priddis takes out inaugural John Worsfold Medal" – WAtoday. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  10. Braden Quartermaine (1 December 2013). "West Coast midfielder Matt Priddis a lesson to all after clinching John Worsfold Medal"Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  11. Alex Malcolm (13 June 2014). Up to five could rotate West Coast captaincy – Australian Football League. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  12. "West Coast Eagle Matt Priddis Is The 2014 Brownlow Medallist". Allure Media. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  13. 2011 Brownlow Medal – AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  14. The West Australian
  15. Stocks, Gary. "Priddis to retire at season's end". Official Website of the West Coast Eagles. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  16. — (26 August 2014). "A Decade On: Matt Priddis" – Subiaco Football Club. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  17. Nick Rynne (10 March 2014). "Priddis shows the way"The West Australian. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  18. Career Statistical Rankings: Matt Priddis – FootyWire. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  19. "Season and Game Records (1965-2014)" – AFL Tables. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  20. Schmook, Nathan. "Five talking points: Hawthorn v West Coast". Australian Football League. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  21. Matt Priddis' player profile at AFL Tables
  22. Jayne Rickard (11 October 2012).
  23. "Brownlow Medal winner Matt Priddis tells of his joy after birth of his second daughter, Darcy". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  24. "'Stay tuned for father-son 2036': West Coast legend Matt Priddis welcomes son Malakai". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  25. Jay Clark (14 March 2008). "Matt Priddis keen to fill West Coast's midfield boots" – PerthNow. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  26. — (13 September 2007). "Priddis rises above curly posers" – FoxSports. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  27. Bruce Matthews (23 September 2014). "Matt Priddis wins 2014 Brownlow Medal over Nathan Fyfe, Gary Ablett"Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  28. Courtney Walsh (23 September 2014). "Matt Priddis pulls off shock win at Brownlow Medal"The Australian. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
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