Matty Parker’s inspiring journey from an amateur-grade footballer to Saints’ fan favourite is the ultimate story in terms of seizing your second chance with both hands.
The West Australian burst onto the scene in the opening round of 2019, earning the admiration of the red, white and black through his forward pressure, aggression at the contest and exhilarating passages of play.
The mature-age recruit played 17 games in his debut season, before ankle surgery ruled him out for the rest of the year.
After spending the first seven rounds of Season 2020 in the reserves, Parker earned a call-up for Round 8 against Port Adelaide to form part of the line-up that brought down the ladder-leaders.
Parker was given the responsibility of designing St Kilda's 2020 Indigenous Guernsey for Sir Doug Nicholls Round, with the artwork representing his family, his ancestors and his heritage as a Noongar/Yuet man from the Ballardong region and how they are always protecting him through his journey in life, as an AFL footballer and as a father.
Parker was selected with pick No. 47 in the 2018 National Draft.
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