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Matthew Taberner
#20   Fremantle Dockers
Age: 24yr 3mth    Games: 53     Born: June 17, 1993    
Height: 199cm     Weight: 97kg     Position: Forward
Last Drafted: Round 4, Pick #70 2013 National Draft by Fremantle Dockers
Supercoach Price: $268,800   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $335,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2017   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Matthew Taberner Biography

Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Matt Taberner says narrowing his focus to competing and lifting his work rate has prompted his upswing in form in the second half of 2017.

Taberner's career appeared at the crossroads mid-season when the out-of-contract 199cm big man was dropped back to Peel after five AFL games.

But the 24-year-old Victorian forced his way back into Freo's attack following a string of dominant WAFL performances.

In the final three AFL rounds he reminded everyone of his talent and aerial prowess averaging 14 disposals, nearly eight marks and a goal.

Now he is gearing up for a key role in Peel's push for back-to-back premierships, and has put contract talks with Fremantle on hold until after the Grand Final.

"I haven't spoken with management yet. I think we're just waiting for the end of the finals series and we'll see what happens," Taberner said.

"There's no real progress at the moment, but I've obviously been at Fremantle for a while now and I'm pretty settled.

"We've got a good group of boys and I'm close with everyone, so it's a good place to be."

Sunday, 10 September 2017
Matt Taberner has continued his push for a contract extension by leading Peel Thunder to back-to-back WAFL Grand Final appearances.

Taberner dominated early against Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Sunday, and finished with four goals and 16 marks in the Thunder's hard-earned 24-point triumph in the second semi-final.

Taberner, who is out of contract this year, has lifted his output considerably in the second half of the season to potentially save his Dockers career.

Sunday, 7 May 2017
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says booting four goals and hauling down seven contested marks on his return to AFL level was reward for Matt Taberner's hard work improving his game.

After being overlooked in the opening six rounds, Taberner made a triumphant comeback in Sunday's 37-point victory over Essendon.

"Matty, to his credit, has worked really hard off the rookie list but sometimes you get opportunities when maybe you shouldn't be playing and it can give you a false sense of where you're at," Lyon said of Taberner.

"And probably not as sharp or keenness sub-consciously to work on the things you need to.

"(Assistant coach) David Hale has worked really closely with him and it's nice that he got some reward for effort."

Monday, 3 August 2015
Matt Taberner signs a contract extension that will tie them to the Dockers until the end of 2017.

"I'm very happy to be here for the next couple of years," Taberner said.

"I'm looking forward to it. There is a good group of young players my age. I look forward to developing here and I think it's a good place to improve my football."

Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Matthew Pavlich believes the emergence of tall forward Matt Taberner has made his job easier in the Dockers' forward line.

"He's a fantastic athlete. He's worked so hard at his game, both physically and mentally understanding the forward line play," Pavlich said about Taberner.

"It's great reward for him all the hard work he's put in.

"It's definitely alleviated some burden. But what we've seen as a group is we've all improved together.

"It's great to have him playing well and we're expecting him to continue doing that."

Monday, 25 August 2014
Matt Taberner earns the round 22 rising star nomination after gathering 22 disposals and kicking a goal in the Dockers' win over Brisbane.

"It definitely helps personally with the pressure the other forwards apply and the midfielders give us a lot of opportunities," Taberner said.

"It was a pretty complete game, personally. I thought I pressured all right, I ran pretty hard and as a forwards group we were really consistent through the game."

Monday, 9 September 2013
Alex Silvagni and Tanner Smith sign one-year contract extensions with the Dockers while Matt Taberner has also signed on for a further two years.
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