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Matt Eagles
#41   Brisbane Lions
Age: 28yr 4mth    Games: 4     Born: February 9, 1990    
Height: 200cm     Weight: 99kg     Position: Defender
Supercoach Price: $162,400   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $180,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2018   AFL Player Contracts
Status: Abdomen injury, Expected return: Test   AFL Injury List
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Matt Eagles Biography

Monday, 7 May 2018
After making his AFL debut with 11 disposals against Collingwood, Matt Eagles reflects on the unique path he's taken to fulfilling his dream via a reality television show.

"It's been a bit of a challenge, but I've loved every moment of it," he said.

"The pathway is a lot different, so you feel a bit isolated when you come in.

"You've got to build connections with players, earn their trust, and that of the coaching staff.

"I felt there was a lot more pressure on me, a lot of people (were) watching.

"I worked really hard on the show, very grateful for it, but once I got to the club it made me realise how much work I had to do.

"Since then I put my foot down, working as hard as I could."

Friday, 4 May 2018
From reality television to the AFL, Matt Eagles will make his AFL debut for Brisbane this week.

"The dream has come true for him. It's come true because he's worked hard," Brisbane coach Chris Fagan said.

"At the first training session he turned up to, the number of times he got falconed and missed kicks and missed handballs, I was thinking 'this is going to test me out a little bit'.

"From that day forward he's continued to improve in all elements; skill, game understanding, diet, fitness, the lot. He's come a long, long way."

Thursday, 8 March 2018
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says the Eagles are desperate to re-sign Jeremy McGovern amid reports of Victorian clubs circling the star defender.

"We know he's an A-grade talent, he's a dual All Australian, so we're doing everything we can to try and keep him here," Simpson said.

"That's where we're at, at the moment, I'm not going to give you the running commentary on it all."

Friday, 27 October 2017
Nathan Van Berlo joins the Eagles as a midfield and stoppages coach.

"We’re excited to have someone of Nathan’s quality join us," West Coast football manager Craig Vozzo said on the club's website.

"His extensive experience as a club leader, both as a player and more recently as a coach, adds another dimension to our coaching group and leadership program."

Matt Eagles says he is growing in confidence after being told he will be retained by Brisbane as a category B rookie in 2018.

"I came in as a ruckman and forward at the start, but I struggled a little bit with all the new structures and being in the (AFL) environment all the time," Eagles said.

"But they put me in the backline, which was new to me, and I just adapted to that quite quickly and started getting some form halfway through the season and really jelled with the boys.

"I've surprised myself and I like the direction the club's going. Getting another pre-season under my belt will help."

Wednesday, 20 September 2017
West Coast re-signs veterans Mark LeCras and Eric Mackenzie on one-year deals.

"We are pleased that both players have re-signed and will be a part of our 2018 campaign," Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said.

"Mark is one of the smartest forwards in the game and Eric finished the season strongly as part of our defensive structure, so it will be great to have their experience and ability as part of the squad for at least one more season."

Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Reality TV show winner Matt Eagles may earn new deal after an impressive NEAFL Grand Final performance.

Eagles was a longshot as recently as mid-season to remain beyond this year, but a purple patch of form, capped by a dominant NEAFL Grand Final performance, has given the Lions something to think about.

He amassed 18 disposals (11 contested), 11 marks, 17 intercept possessions – the equal-most in any NEAFL match this season – and five rebound 50s in the three-point triumph at the SCG.

"He'll admit it took him a little while to adjust to the step up in footy from where he's come from," Eagles' manager Peter Blucher said.

"But he's come a long, long way and has worked incredibly hard and done a phenomenal job. He was not a bit-part player in the finals – he was a very important player.

"He got an opportunity in an unusual way, but he's made the most of it. Given how far he's come in one year, I'd love to see where he gets to with another year and a full pre-season."

Saturday, 11 March 2017
Scott Lycett's hopes of playing in round one appear all but over after injuring his left shoulder playing in a WAFL practice match.

Making his return after a PCL reconstruction at the end of last season, Lycett dislocated his left shoulder laying a tackle in a practice match against East Fremantle.

The Eagles big man didn't return to the field after the second-quarter incident and the club is waiting on the results of scans to determine the severity of the injury.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Brisbane sign up winner of The Recruit Matt Eagles as a Category B rookie.

The 199cm ruckman edged out Daniel Cox (second) and Jordan Treloar (third) to win the second season of the show.

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