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Matt Orford

Matt Orford
Orford while playing for the Sea Eagles in 2008
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NameMatt Orford
Full nameMatthew Orford
Nick nameOx
Height176 cm
Weight92 kg

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Matthew Orford (born 22 April 1978 in Gosford, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league player for the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League competition. His position of choice is at halfback.

Orford was a North Sydney Bears junior and started his career with the Northern Eagles before joining the Melbourne Storm and later the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

He joined the Sea Eagles for the 2006 NRL season and was the captain of the Sea Eagles. Orford was a member of the Sea Eagles team which lost the 2007 NRL grand final to the Melbourne Storm. Orford captained the Sea Eagles in the 2008 NRL Grand Final victory over the Melbourne Storm.

In September, 2008, Orford won the prestigious Dally M Medal for being voted the best and fairest player of the 2008 NRL season. He finished on 24 points, two points ahead of Cameron Smith. Orford is the first player since Peter Sterling to win the Dally M Medal and the premiership in the same year.

He signed for the Bradford Bulls on a three-year deal, starting in the 2010 season. However, his first season with the struggling Yorkshire club has not gone well and was brought to an early finish due to Orford suffering a shoulder injury that would require surgery. He has since gained a release from the Bulls in order to return home to Australia.

Orford's release was officially granted on the 10th of January 2011, and he signed with the Canberra Raiders on the same day.

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