Matthew White (footballer)
White playing for Richmond in 2011
|Full name||Mathew White|
|Date of birth||15 April 1987|
|Original team||Sunbury/Calder Under 18s|
|Draft||5th overall, 2005 PSD
|Height/Weight||180cm / 80 kg|
|Current club||Port Adelaide|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Matthew White (born 15 April 1987) is an Australian rules football player for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Between 2006 and 2013 he played for the Richmond Football Club.
White played his junior football with Sunbury, west of Melbourne, and the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup and was recruited to the AFL by Richmond as an 18-year-old with pick #5 of the 2006 pre-season draft. He made his AFL debut in round 10, 2006 against Fremantle. After showing plenty of promise in the backline in 2006, the youngster had a disappointing season in 2007, playing just seven games to take his career tally to 18. Eventually White's speed and ability to kick goals saw him become a regular wingman under coach Terry Wallace. In 2008 White played a career-high 20 games, averaging 13 disposals and kicking 11 goals for the season, and in 2009 White averaged 15 disposals in his 16 games. Wallace departed at the end of 2009 and Damien Hardwick became Richmond coach in 2010. White was generally used in a more defensive role. White playing only 12 more games in the 2011 season and just 7 games followed in 2012 through a combination of injury and lack of selection. White played 16 games in 2013 after round 5, often coming on as the substitute. His pace and aerobic capacity allowed him to be a burst player from the bench. Impressing in this role he has earned a regular position in the starting 22 late in the season and White appeared certain to play in Richmond's first final in 12 years before a hamstring injury in round 23 ruled him out of the final. At the end of the 2013 AFL season, White joined the Port Adelaide Football Club as a free agent.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2013 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Connolly, Rohan (1 September 2013). "Tigers cruise into September".
- Thring, Harry (4 October 2013). "Port Adelaide move quickly to secure speedster White".
- Matthew White's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club
- Matthew White's statistics from AFL Tables
- Matthew White's statistics from Footy Wire