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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
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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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McCrone shrugs off Orford's challenge - The Canberra Times Tweet this news
The Canberra Times--So it stands to reason Canberra Raiders halfback Josh McCrone barely bats an eyelid when -Matt Orford's- name is mentioned. ... - Date : Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:50:53 GMT+00:00
Manly youngsters facing 29-year hoodoo - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald---...- their controlled play in 2010, after many believed the club would struggle in the wake of former premiership-winning skipper -Matt Orford's- departure. ... - Date : Tue, 24 Aug 2010 09:22:43 GMT+00:00
Not so Bullish - SkySports Tweet this news
SkySports--They decided to bring in a new scrum-half, who was obviously going to be central to what they did, but -Matt Orford- got injured. ... - Date : Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:54:36 GMT+00:00
Cooper in dash to check out Eels - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald---...- to partner Daniel Mortimer in the halves next season and had expressed interest in Cooper Cronk, Trent Barrett, Brett Kimmorley and -Matt Orford-. ... - Date : Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:00:18 GMT+00:00
NRL playmakers get on the merry-go-round - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--"The reality is if we were going to chase someone like -Matt Orford- ... then we'd be putting a line through Josh McCrone, whereas getting a Trent Barrett for ... - Date : Fri, 23 Jul 2010 07:10:40 GMT+00:00
CEO: Eels coach to see out contract - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--Ozi: There has been talk about him but also -Matt Orford-. There are a few options we are looking. Phelpsy: Orford? Really? Isn't he contracted to Bradford? ... - Date : Fri, 09 Jul 2010 14:41:11 GMT+00:00
Orford calls for vocal support - Sportbox Tweet this news
Sportbox--Bradford Bulls half-back -Matt Orford- wants the club's faithful to turn out in force for the crunch clash with fierce rivals and reigning champions Leeds ... - Date : Fri, 21 May 2010 11:12:18 GMT+00:00
Bradford v Leigh (Fri) - BBC Sport Tweet this news
BBC Sport--Bradford have called 18-year-old scrum-half Cain Southernwood into their squad in place of the injured -Matt Orford-. Southernwood could make his Bulls debut ... - Date : Thu, 06 May 2010 17:54:04 GMT+00:00
Dally M medallist Matt Orford eyeing shock return to NRL, homesick - Fox Sports Tweet this news
Fox Sports--Dally M medallist -Matt Orford- is eyeing a shock return to the NRL as he battles homesickness in the gloomy north of England. ... - Date : Sat, 29 May 2010 03:00:16 GMT+00:00

Club statistics
YearsTeamAppsTriesGoalsField GoalsPoints
2000 - Northern Eagles11423062
2001 - 2005 Melbourne Storm120523333877
2006 - 2009 Manly-Warringah98172429561
2000 - Bradford Bulls12331276
2000 - Canberra Raiders60000

Representative football
YearsTeamAppsTriesGoalsField GoalsPoints
2001 - 2006 City Origin30000

Canberra Raiders

Dally M Medallists

1980 Robert Laurie * 1981 Steve Rogers * 1982 Ray Price * 1983 Terry Lamb * 1984 Michael Potter * 1985 Greg Alexander * 1986 Peter Sterling * 1987 Peter Sterling * 1988 Gavin Miller * 1989 Gavin Miller * 1990 Cliff Lyons * 1991 Michael Potter * 1992 Gary Freeman * 1993 Ricky Stuart * 1994 Cliff Lyons * 1995 Laurie Daley * 1996 Allan Langer * 1998 Andrew Johns * 1999 Andrew Johns * 2000 Trent Barrett * 2001 Preston Campbell * 2002 Andrew Johns * 2004 Danny Buderus * 2005 Johnathan Thurston * 2006 Cameron Smith * 2007 Johnathan Thurston * 2008 Matt Orford * 2009 Jarryd Hayne

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