Werribee has secured another key member of its defensive setup with the re-signing of Matthew Brett.
The new deal takes the 24-year-old into a fifth year in the “big W” and follows a breakout 2018 season.
Having first officially signed on at Avalon Airport Oval in 2015 after a single VFL appearance for Collingwood in 2013, Brett had been restricted to 13 VFL games in three years and did not manage any senior appearances through an injury-interrupted 2017 season.
But the Shepparton and Murray Bushrangers product seized his opportunity in Werribee’s return to standalone status last year, playing 16 of a possible 18 games to establish himself as an integral part of his side’s line-up through his role as a hard-edged medium-sized defender.
His value to the Werribee back six was perhaps best highlighted by his incredible match-saving mark in the wet against Box Hill in round 19, which ultimately took out the club’s inaugural Mark of the Year award on Bruce Montgomery Trophy night.
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said the club was confident Brett had further improvement in him on the back of his 2018 campaign.
“It’s been a pretty dramatic turnaround for Matt, that’s for sure,” Balloch said.
“He had a tough time of it through 2017, so for him to come out and produce the season he did for us in defence last year was really impressive.
“With the benefit of a good pre-season behind him, we’re hopeful he can find another gear again in 2019, so we’re really pleased he’s now formally recommitted to the club.”
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