Matthew Wright (Australian footballer)

Matthew Wright (born 14 December 1989) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide and the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was selected with pick #33 in the 2010 Rookie Draft from North Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).[1]

Matthew Wright
Wright playing for Carlton in April 2018
Personal information
Full name Matthew Wright
Nickname(s) Wrighty
Date of birth (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989
Original team(s) Walkerville (SAAFL)
North Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 33, 2009 Rookie Draft, Adelaide
No. 82 (RP), 2011 National Draft, Adelaide
Debut Round 4, 2011, Adelaide
vs. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / small forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20112015 Adelaide 094 0(63)
2016–2018 Carlton 065 0(73)
Total 159 (136)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Two years prior to being drafted, Wright fractured his skull when he was hit by a glass bottle at a party.[2]

AFL career

Wright played his first AFL game in 2011 against Port Adelaide in Showdown XXX, replacing Richard Tambling who had injured his ankle in a collision at training.[3] He was named as the substitute player and was on the bench until the third quarter.[4] After being dropped back to North Adelaide the following week, he was recalled to the Adelaide side in round six and maintained his position in the senior team for the rest of the season.[5] At the end of 2011, he was elevated to Adelaide's senior list.[6]

In 2012 Wright worked his way into the side early in the season and was a regular in an Adelaide side that made the preliminary final, used as a midfielder/forward and occasional run-with player.[7] He averaged 20 disposals for the season, and in Round 20 against Fremantle, he amassed a career-high 37 disposals.[8]

After wearing the number 47 jumper for his first two seasons, Wright switched to the number 11 jumper for the 2013 season.[9] Wright struggled with injury and inconsistent form in 2013, but still played 17 games including crucial 4-goal efforts against Gold Coast and Geelong.[7] Wright returned to form in 2014, playing 20 games, kicking 14 goals and averaging nearly 19 possessions.[7] Wright was delisted by Adelaide in October 2015.[10]

In November, Wright was recruited by Carlton as a delisted free agent.[11] He played all 22 games for Carlton in the 2016 season, primarily as a small forward, and was the Blues' leading goalkicker for the season with 22 goals, including hauls of three goals in the first and last rounds of the year.[12] In his Second season at Carlton, he bettered his goal tally by 8, kicking 30 goals in 22 games in the 2017 AFL season. Since being recruited, he has played all 44 games for 52 goals. Wright retired from AFL football following the 2018 season to pursue a coaching career back in South Australia.


Statistics are correct to end of the 2017 season[13]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2011 Adelaide 471918814612527162661.
2012 Adelaide 4722151023021544591900.70.510.59.820.24.14.1
2013 Adelaide 111711314613227872440.
2014 Adelaide 112014822415037489680.70.411.27.518.74.53.4
2015 Adelaide 1116541438622943380.
2016 Carlton 4622221026218845080821.00.511.98.620.53.63.7
2017 Carlton 4622301223612135796641.40.510.75.516.24.42.9
Career 138 115 55 1387 1017 2404 533 452 0.8 0.4 10.1 7.4 17.4 3.9 3.3


  1. Milbank, Zac (16 December 2009). "Matthew made of right stuff". The Advertiser.
  2. Robertson, Doug (25 October 2007). "Young AFL hopeful in limbo". The Advertiser.
  3. Porter, Ashley (16 April 2011). "Old rivals in test of youth". The Age.
  4. Gill, Katrina (19 April 2011). "Crows set for boost".
  5. "Rookies earn deals and upgrades". 13 September 2011.
  6. "Adelaide Crows delist three rookies". 7 October 2011.
  7. "Matthew Wright -".
  8. "Sanderson backs Talia for Rising Star". Sportal. 11 August 2012.
  9. Gill, Katrina (7 November 2012). "The Wright move".
  10. Phelan, Jennifer (28 October 2015). "Another Crow departs with crafty forward Wright delisted". Bigpond. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  11. Johns, Loretta (26 November 2015). "Wright at home at Ikon Park". Bigpond. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  12. "Carlton - 2016 Game by Game Player Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  13. "Matthew Wright statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
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