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Broadbent heads South.

Broadbent heads South.

14 November 2019

South Adelaide welcomes former Port Adelaide player Matthew Broadbent to Noarlunga for 2020.

The Henley Sharks/Woodville West-Torrens junior was taken at pick 38 of the 2008 AFL Draft by the Power. 

After spending 11-seasons at Alberton, the midfield utility now finds a home with the Panthers after 171 games at the highest level. 

"We welcome Brogsy to the club and we're really happy to have him on board for an exciting 2020" Said Senior Coach Jarrad Wright.

"He's been around footy and the AFL system for a long time, and the wealth of experience he brings to the club will be really useful in helping with some of our younger players."

"We'll expect him to bring his hard-nosed style to our new look midfield while also helping to cover down back"

"Matt will add a layer of calmness in the heat of battle which is a developing area for our team"

"His decision making and skills by hand and foot is something that our offensive transitions will benefit from."

"It was a pretty tough decision for me, but an important one and one I'm really excited about" said Broadbent 

"There were a number of factors [to come South Adelaide] but the chance to work with Jarrad Wright, who I've got a good relationship with and as well as the exciting list helped me make the decision"

When talking about what would be his role, Broadbent said that "I might play a bit more midfield than I have".

"We've got pre-season to look forward to, to get fit and get ready and obviously want to get some good momentum leading into the season."

"Really excited to get stuck into it."

Having a break out season for the Power in 2012, Broadbent played 19 AFL games to earn a consistent spot in the side where he also finished equal second in the John Cahill Medal.

2014 saw Broadbent bring up his 100th AFL game against Carlton in round 22.

At that point he was a key part of the Port Adelaide back six. 

The 2016 season was one of great consistency for Broadbent as he finished sixth in the Cahill medal after playing a large part of the year in defence. 

In the 10 AFL matches played in 2019, Broadbent averaged 20 disposals a game, which was above his career average. 

The South Adelaide Football Club welcomes Matthew, and partner Rachelle to the Family for 2020.

Matthew Broadbent

Playing Record

  • Port Adelaide (Power) - 171 games (2009 - 2019) 
  • Port Adelaide (Magpies) - 12 games (2014 - 2019)
  • Woodville West-Torrens  - 15 games (2009 - 2013)


  • Port Adelaide Football Club Life Member - 2018 
  • Equal runner-up John Cahill Medal - 2012

Brogsy is #SouthProud in 2020...are you?



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