MATTHEW PRIMUS was recruited by the Fitzroy Lions in 1996 from the Norwood Football Club (South Australia), and played 20 Games, kicking 5 Goals in what was the Fitzroy Clubs final year in AFL Competition. Primus had a dominant presence from his first game and a number of his Australian Football Players cards are available at qualityafltradingcards.com. He finished runner-up in the Fitzroy Club Best and Fairest Award for 1996.
The Geelong Football Club missed the opportunity to recruit Primus, as he had played for the Geelong Falcons and in the Geelong Reserves, but despite also being the grandson of all time Champion and AFL Hall of Fame inductee Reg Hickey, the Cats overlooked his talent. When the Fitzroy Club folded, Primus was one of a number of players who were keenly sought after by the Brisbane Lions, under the AFL’s quasi merger agreement. He preferred to move back to South Australia and was quickly picked up by Port Power.
Matthew Primus was an instant success at Port Power, being runner-up in their Club Best and Fairest Award in the 1997 Season. His powerful physical bulk, combined with great strength and surprising speed and mobility for a man of his size, was proving extremely difficult for opposing clubs to counter, and the Port Power on-ballers were dominating due to the herculean efforts of Primus. He played 137 Games and kicked 76 Goals for Port Power from 1997 to 2005 and was appointed Club Captain from 2001.
Primus was outstanding in Season 2001, despite being hampered by a knee injury, and had a brilliant 2002 Season when his superlative Ruck displays and second efforts earned him the Port Power Best and Fairest Award and selection in the All Australian Team. Unfortunately , due to knee and hamstring injuries Primus could only play 9 Games in Season 2003, however a serious knee injury (ruptured anterior cruciate ligament) suffered in round 3 of the 2004 Season left him on the sidelines for 12 months. Port Power won the 2004 Premiership whilst Captain Primus was out injured, denying him the glory and adulation he deserved.
Matthew Primus returned for Port Power in 2005, however he had lost some of his ability to jump for the ball and subsequent mobility issues curtailed the dominance we had come to expect of his performances. In one of the AFL’s cruellest ironies, Primus injured a knee again in the Final Round of the 2005 Season, and on hearing the specialists diagnosis that he would need a third career knee reconstruction, Matthew Primus announced his retirement as an AFL player.
Primus was appointed Ruck Coach at Port Power in December 2005, a position he held until July 2010, when he was appointed Port Power Caretaker Senior Coach after Mark Williams resigned. Primus turned the Powers fortunes around immmediately, with a 5 to 2 win/loss record giving the Power a solid forward impetus for Season 2011. On 7 September 2010, Matthew Primus was officially appointed as Senior Coach of the Port Power Football Club for the next 3 years.
UPDATE- 5/08/2012- Matthew Primus was today advised that he will not remain as Port Power Senior Coach for Season 2013, and Garry Hocking has been appointed as Caretaker Coach for the final 4 games of the 2012 AFL Season.
UPDATE- 25/09/2012- Matthew Primus has been appointed an Assistant Coach at the Gold Coast Suns , responsible for the midfield and the Suns raw taller players.
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