About Matthew William Wright
Matthew Wright (born 14 December 1989) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was selected with pick #33 in the 2009 Rookie Draft from North Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).
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. He was named as the substitute player and was on the bench until the third quarter. 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. At the end of 2011, he was elevated to Adelaide's senior list.
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. He averaged 20 disposals for the season, and in Round 20 against Fremantle, he amassed a career-high 37 disposals.
After wearing the number 47 jumper for his first two seasons, Wright switched to the number 11 jumper for the 2013 season. Wright struggled with injury and inconsistent form in 2013, but still played 17 games including crucial 4-goal efforts against Gold Coast and Geelong. Wright returned to form in 2014, playing 20 games, kicking 14 goals and averaging nearly 19 possessions.