The last two years have been “frustrating” for new signing Matt Richardson – but he’s back playing again and loving it.
Central defender Matt was at Brisbane Strikers in 2019, playing 25 NPL games and a key role in their stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australia Cup.
Then 21, he helped Strikers beat A-League Wellington 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Round of 32 and scored the only goal to beat Manley United in the Round of 16.
Strikers despatched Moreland Zebras in the quarter-finals before bowing out 5-1 to A-League Melbourne City in the semis. Then injury struck.
“I had a pretty bad neck and head injury and was put out of the game for a while,” said Matt, now 24, who was at Olympic in the juniors.
“I’ve been recovering with personal trainer, away from the game. It was pretty frustrating, but I’m back.
“I reached out and saw where everyone was playing. Then messaged Cammy (Cameron Millar) and found out Moreton Bay needed a centre half.
“It’s been awesome so far. It’s a great bunch of lads here, awesome coaching … it’s a top four team.
“It’s the best team I’ve seen in some time at Moreton Bay and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Jets’ coach Cameron Millar is also delighted with the new recruit saying Matt is a “great addition to our environment”.
“I am pleased to welcome him to the club,” Cameron said. “He is a talented, hardworking footballer and more importantly a great person.
“Matt comes to us with plenty of NPL experience and I look forward to seeing him in a Moreton Bay United shirt this season.”