One of the game’s premier taggers, Matt de Boer’s shut-down role has become a key asset in the GIANTS’ success.
Regularly and effectively neutralising the game’s best ball-winners, de Boer plays a hard, contested game of football, while also winning his own ball across the midfield and half-forward line.
Drafted by Fremantle with the 19th pick in the 2009 AFL Rookie Draft, it didn’t take long for de Boer to be elevated to the senior list and make his debut in round 6 against West Coast that year. de Boer went on to play 138 games for the Dockers and proved to be one of their most consistent performers including winning the Best Clubman award in 2011 and 2012.
Delisted at the end of the 2016 season, de Boer was re-selected by the GIANTS with their 58th pick in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft. He has gone on to be recognised as a valuable and experienced member of the side so much so that he was voted into the leadership group ahead of the 2019 season where his tagging skills were highlighted as a key ingredient to the Giants reaching the 2019 Grand Final.