Matt De Boer

10 March 1990
2008 NAB AFL Rookie Draft Pick No. 19
2009 AFL Debut (Round 6)
2010 Best Clubman

Winner of All-Australian Honours, Matt is a super competitor and big possession-getter. A medium midfielder who runs hard for his team and has incredibly strong hands overhead, Matt seems to find the ball in his hands more than most.

Originally from Western Australia and Claremont Football Club, Matt was the second ranked player overall for disposals at the Under 18 Championships and averaged 20 possessions and 4 inside 50s per match. His results at the 2008 Draft Camp demonstrate that he possesses excellent athletic attributes and will be a very valuable player for the Dockers.

At the beginning of the 2009 season, Matt was elevated to Fremantle’s senior playing list and made his debut during round 6. Matt completed his debutant year playing a total of 17 games.

Matt played most of the 2011 season as a defensive-minded forward, but also took on and beat some of the AFL’s premier midfielders. His start to the season was strong, averaging 13.9 disposals in his 16 games. Unfortunately his season was cut short due to a knee injury which saw him sit out the rest of the season.

Matt has been a revelation since moving into the midfield in 2012. This was highlighted by a brilliant game against Richmond in round 10 when only Matthew Pavlich's six goals could have rivaled the hard-nut for best-on-ground honours. Matt averaged 17 disposals a game kicking 15 goals for the season. Matt will hopefully get more time throughout the 2013 season, and will aim to continue his consistent form to help his side go deep into September.