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Matthew Leuenberger
#23   Brisbane Lions
Age: 25yr 10mth    Games: 93     Born: June 7, 1988    
Height: 203cm     Weight: 104kg     Position: Ruck
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #4 2006 National Draft
Last Drafted By: Brisbane Lions
Supercoach Price: $430,000   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $365,189   AFL Fantasy Profile
Status: Knee injury, Expected return: TBC   AFL Injury List
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Matthew Leuenberger Biography

Saturday, 12 April 2014
Matthew Leuenberger is subbed out of Brisbane's clash with Port Adelaide with a serious knee injury.

The 25-year-old injured his right knee in the second quarter when he was on his own in Port's forward line.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Matthew Leuenberger and Dayne Zorko ink new deals with the Lions that will keep them at Brisbane until the end of 2015 and 2016 respectively.

"It's a significant show of faith by these young men in the club's directions as well as fantastic news for our members and supporters," Lions general manager of football operations Dean Warren said.

Monday, 11 March 2013
Matthew Leuenberger will miss Brisbane's NAB Cup final against Carlton and is in doubt for round one after struggling to overcome an achilles injury.

"He's had a pretty good run over the pre-season, just had a minor hiccup and we think we'll get him going again Thursday," assistant coach Adrian Fletcher said about Leuenberger's setback.

"It's not serious at all. We've just got to make sure when it's in that area of the body, you've got to make sure you don't have a hiccup."

Thursday, 28 February 2013
Matthew Leuenberger says he wants to emulate the best rucks in the game, like West Coast's Dean Cox, and has been working on being a better forward.

"You look at the best and what they're doing. I pay close attention to them and that's what they're capable of doing," he said.

"I want to take more contested marks and be more of a threat up forward. Late that year (2011) I was starting to get good chemistry with my midfielders and be a threat at the stoppages, and contested marks were starting to come to me."

Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberger took another giant step towards returning to senior action when he finished the club's intra-club hit-out at Coorparoo.

"He's still in that progression of building up towards round one. I think you'll see him NAB [weeks] three and four, not sure if he'll play the first two, but after that you'll see him play a fair bit of game time," Lions vice-captain Tom Rockliff said.

"Knowing the bloke he is, he wants to achieve and be successful. He's going to add something in the midfield and he might be able to drift forward as well. He's eager to go and we're real keen to have him out there."

Thursday, 31 January 2013
Matthew Leuenberger completes his first full training session since tearing his achilles last April.

"I thought I was coming back in a short period of time, but as time went on, the date of return kept dragging on and on and kept getting pushed back and back, and mentally that's pretty frustrating," Leuenberger said about his time out of the game.

"You can tolerate it for a couple of weeks and by the end you're starting to question what's going on. It was frustrating and tested me mentally a lot."

Monday, 6 August 2012
Matthew Leuenberger will begin preparations for 2013 after the Lions decided not to risk him for the remainder of 2012.

"Matthew has been slow in his rehabilitation throughout the year, so we will not be taking any risks in trying to bring him back before he's ready," Lions general manager of football operations Dean Warren said.

"While it's obviously disappointing for Matthew, his welfare and long-term fitness is first and foremost. This is the best course of action to ensure that he is fully fit and ready to go in 2013."

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Brisbane Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberger hits the track for the first time since tearing his Achilles tendon.

"We anticipate his return at approximately round 18 or 19," Lions football manager Dean Warren said.

"We're being quite cautious and want to make sure that he is absolutely 100 per cent."

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Matthew Leuenberger's Achilles injury is worse than expected, with the ruckman placed on the long-term injury list.
Monday, 16 April 2012
Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberger will miss at least six weeks after injuring his achilles tendon against Fremantle.

"It's obviously very disappointing for Matthew to be on the sidelines for this length of time," Lions football manager Dean Warren said.

"We believe that he is developing into one of the best ruckmen in the competition so he will be a loss for us."

Monday, 17 October 2011
The Brisbane Lions say they didn't just recruit Ben Hudson as cover in case No. 1 ruck Matthew Leuenberger is injured.

"When we spoke to Ben we said we clearly need someone who's going to support Matthew Leuenberger," Lions' national talent manager Robb Kerr said.

"But whether he's injured or not, there's an opportunity for Ben to force his way in to the team. Watching him towards the end of the year I thought he was playing some fairly decent footy. Over the course of the season he averaged just shy of 17 possessions."

Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Lions midfielder Daniel Rich says the signing of Matthew Leuenberger for another two years augurs well for the club.

"I've always known that he's a star and he will be a star," Rich said.

"It's pretty exciting that he's signed as well and that he's going to be here for years to come and he's on the same page as all us young guys building to the future, and to see him playing so well now is great for the Lions."

Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Brisbane Lion ruckman Matthew Leuenberger has quashed speculation about his future by declaring that he wants to stay put at the club.

"I'm rapt here. I haven't started contract negotiations so I can put that to bed," he said.

"To have the kids coming through like the Reddens, the Richs and the Rockliffs, it's pretty exciting times for me. I really look forward to being able to drive the group forward with those types of guys."

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The Brisbane Lions could have an added ruck option for the finals, as Matthew Leuenberger nears full fitness after recovering from a knee injury.

"There's definitely still a chance I'll play this year. I'm hoping to return round 21 or 22 through the reserves," Leuenberger said.

"My strength and fitness is not really different to what it was before the knee injury so there is really no reason why I can't play any different to what I used to."

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Recent tests of the Brisbane Lions' player rooms have found no presence of the Staphylococcus caprae infection that affected ruckman Matthew Leuenberger and development coach Craig Brittain after their respective knee operations.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss remains hopeful of regaining ruckman Matthew Leuenberger later this year after Jamie Charman was ruled out for the season.

Charman was due to undergo an ankle reconstruction on Monday after battling to overcome the injury he sustained against Collingwood in round four.

Coach Michael Voss said the medical and coaching staff made the decision to have surgery on Friday after Charman failed to respond to treatment.

"He couldn't change direction and he was obviously still having a problem with his ligaments, so it was just too unstable and too risky for him to come back and do some serious damage to himself," Voss said.

"Eventually you've got to make a call and for his own interests we had to make that on Friday, he wasn't making any progression."

Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Brisbane Lions ruckman Mitch Clark has taken up the mantle of number-one after the loss of Jamie Charman and Matthew Leuenberger.

"I'm just enjoying my footy at the moment and enjoying the task and the challenge of going up against the ruckmen, so hopefully I can continue with my form and provide a contest for the team," Clark said.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Brisbane have confirmed No. 1 ruckman Matthew Leuenberger will miss the next 12 weeks after scans revealed a split in the meniscus cartilage in his left knee.
Monday, 13 April 2009
The loss of a player like Brisbane's Matthew Leuenberger for up to three months would usually be shattering for a coach.

However, rookie coach Michael Voss is still finding plenty of positives as he counts down to a rare Friday night Gabba showdown with Collingwood.

Sunday, 12 April 2009
Brisbane Lions ruckman Jamie Charman will return to the side to take on Collingwood at the Gabba on Friday night with the likely exclusion of Matthew Leuenberger due to a knee injury.

The 26-year-old premiership star has been struggling for match fitness but played four quarters for the Lions reserves in their 112-point drubbing of Aspley in the AFLQ on the weekend.

Saturday, 11 April 2009
Brisbane Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberger faces the prospect of an extended period on the sidelines after injuring his knee at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Leuenberger, 20, limped to the bench in the third minute of the 33-point win over the Sydney Swans and, despite returning to the field to play out the match, will have scans on his left knee on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.

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