Matthew Wright began his AFL journey after being selected at pick no. 33 in the 2009 AFL Rookie Draft by the Adelaide Crows. Throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Wright played for North Adelaide in the SANFL, hoping to play his way on to the Adelaide Crows’ senior list. During the 2011 season, Wright was called to the senior squad, where he played his first game in round 4 as a substitute and after being recalled again to the side in round 6, Wright maintained his position in Adelaide’s senior side for the remainder of the season. He was then eleveated to Adelaide’s senior list at the end of the 2011 season.
Wright played consistently for Adelaide throughout the 2012 season, stringing together some very impressive games, including a 37-disposal performance against Fremantle in round 20. Rotating as a midfielder and small forward, Wright was able to impact the contest around the ground whilst also proving damaging as a small forward. After a frustrating season riddled with injury and patches of inconsistency, Wright bounced back in 2014, displaying great performances where he played 20 games and averaged 19 disposals.
2015 saw Wright delisted by Adelaide however was later recruited by Carlton as a free agent. Wright has proved a great selection by Carlton as he has played 44 games over the 2016 and 2017 season whilst also leading the club’s goal kicking in 2016. Since joining the club, Wright has kicked 52 goals over the two seasons and will look to further add his senior experience to the club’s development in the 2018 season.