Adelaide, South Australia
Skilful, able to cover plenty of ground in the forward half and use the ball effectively, Monfries headed home for season 2013 to join Port Adelaide after a 150-game career with Essendon. A product of the AIS-AFL Academy and Sturt in the SANFL, Monfries was a welcome addition to the Bombers, landing at Windy Hill at pick 14 in the 2004 NAB AFL Draft.
In his debut season, Monfries was quickly identified as a player with a big future for the Bombers. A strong work ethic coupled with some impressive games as a forward or midfielder in his first three seasons saw Monfries earmarked for even greater honours.
He has delivered on that promise and in 2010 earned his third straight top-ten Best and Fairest finish at Essendon, playing predominantly as lead up forward. His pace and marking ability for his size have made him a difficult matchup for opposition clubs. With the chance of more time in the midfield and the ability to play in front of family and friends, Monfries joined Port Adelaide via the 2012 AFL Trade Period.
Under new coach Ken Hinkley, Monfries enjoyed his most productive AFL season to date, kicking 39 goals including a career high seven against Geelong at Simonds Stadium. Monfries backed this up in 2014 with four goals in the Power’s close Preliminary Final loss to eventual premiers Hawthorn.
After reaching the 200 game mark in 2015, Monfries talent and durability have him in a strong position to play an important role for the Power for years to come.
Away from football Monfries is a keen fisherman and studies journalism and has shown his polish in the media, including stints with Triple M, Nine News in Adelaide and on Seven’s coverage of the SANFL.