Orford playing for the Sea Eagles in 2008
|Full name||Matthew Orford|
22 April 1978 |
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||169 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb)|
|Source: Rugby League Project and Yesterday's Hero|
Matthew Orford (born 22 April 1978 in Gosford, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 2000s and 2010s. A City New South Wales representative halfback, he played the majority of his club football career in Australia for National Rugby League clubs, Melbourne Storm and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won 2008's Dally M Medal and NRL premiership. Orford also played for NRL sides, the Northern Eagles and Canberra Raiders, as well as in Super League for England's Bradford Bulls.
He joined the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles for the 2006 NRL season. He was later appointed captain of the club. Orford was a member of the Sea Eagles team which lost the 2007 NRL grand final to the Melbourne Storm. Orford captained the Sea Eagles in the 2008 NRL Grand Final victory over the Melbourne Storm.
In September 2008, Orford won the prestigious Dally M Medal for being voted the best and fairest player of the 2008 NRL season. He finished on 24 points, two points ahead of Billy Slater. Orford is the first player since Peter Sterling to win the Dally M Medal and the premiership in the same year.
He signed for the Bradford Bulls on a three-year deal, starting in the 2010 season. However, his first season with the struggling Yorkshire club did not go well and was brought to an early finish due to Orford suffering a shoulder injury that would require surgery. He gained a release from the Bulls in order to return home to Australia.
Orford's release was officially granted on 10 January 2011, and he signed with the Canberra Raiders on the same day. Affected by a groin injury, Orford played six matches for Canberra in the 2011 season. At the end of the season, he was released from the remainder of his contract.
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