Mathew Head

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Mathew Head
Mathew Head.jpg
Personal information
Born (1982-05-09) 9 May 1982 (age 35)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 78 kg (12 st 4 lb)
Playing information
Position Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–07 St. George Illawarra Dragons 57 8 95 1 219
2007 Hull F.C. 10 1 0 1 5
2008 Wests Tigers 11 1 0 0 4
2009 St. George Illawarra Dragons 10 0 0 0 0
Total 88 10 95 2 228
Source: NRL Stats & RLP

Mathew Head (born 9 May 1982 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales) is a former Australian professional rugby league player for the St. George Illawarra Dragons.[1] He previously played for the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League (NRL) and Hull F.C. in Super League. He primarily played at half-back.

Career[edit]

St. George Illawarra Dragons[edit]

Head began his professional rugby league career in 2003. He was the 2004 St. George Illawarra Dragons season's top point-scorer. Head's career has been plagued by recurring knee injuries[citation needed], thus leaving the club at the end of the 2007 season.

Motu Tony with the ball and Mathew Head in action for Hull

Hull[edit]

In 2007, Head signed for Hull F.C. until the end of that season in a bid to help the club reach the Super League play-offs but injuries restricted his performance and availability for matches.[2][3]

Wests Tigers[edit]

In November 2007, after announcing his desire to return to Australia, Head was signed by the Wests Tigers on a one-year contract.[4] Fitness levels and injuries again limited his time on field during the 2008 season.

Return to the St. George Illawarra Dragons[edit]

In August 2008, Head agreed to a return to the Dragons in 2009.[5] Since being signed by St George Illawarra, Head was generally assigned to play for St George Illawarra's feeder club (the Shellharbour Dragons) in the position of halfback or five-eighth,[6][7] rather than first grade.[8] His contract with the Dragons was not renewed and he has since returned to his junior team Dapto Canaries and became their captain coach in the 2010 season.

Career highlights[edit]

  • First Grade Debut: Round 3, St George Illawarra v Canberra, Canberra Stadium, 29 March 2003

Coaching career[edit]

In 2017, he will become the Illawarra Cutters coach. They play in the NSW Cup. He was previously the Balmain Tigers SG Ball Head Coach (2013–15) and under 20's coach for the St George Illawarra Dragons club (2016).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 2008-10-04. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Half-back Head makes Hull switch". BBC. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Head Heads For Hull". SportingLife. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Mathew heads to Leichhardt". Fox Sports News (Australia). 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  5. ^ Glenn Jackson and Andrew Stevenson (2008-08-27). "Mathew's leaving, more heads to roll". Fox Sports News (Australia). Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Luke Priddis, Mathew Head set to ignite Shellharbour". Illawarra Mercury. 2009-07-25. 
  7. ^ "NSW Cup Previews (including Central Coast Storm v Shellharbour)". Rleague. 2009-03-21. 
  8. ^ "Doubts raised over Mathew Head's future". Illawarra Mercury. 2009-04-06. 

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