Straight Shooter (Hardcover)

By Andrew Clarke, Matthew Lloyd

Random House (Australia), 9781864712933, 395pp.

Publication Date: December 30, 2011

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Matthew Lloyd was born into a football family, and it was clear early in his career that he had the ability to surpass his father's legacy. For a while it looked he would head to Carton as well, but Essendon conjured up a complex deal to secure the talented 16-year-old in the 1994 preseason draft. This of a young footballer who taught himself a process to become the most accurate shot for goal in the AFL after a tirade from one his coaches. It is how a boy with natural ability became the captain of the Essendon Football Club, a premiership player, and a life member of the AFL. And now it is about the transformation into devoted father and a multimedia expert on AFL when it looked like his career was cut short before its time. It's the story of a testy relationship with his final coach and the bone crunching hit that saw him finish his time as a player on suspension. It looks at how he considered a future with other clubs before deciding to retire on his terms. Above all, it is a brutally honest account of an astonishing career from a man who is a straight shooter in more ways than one.

About the Author

Andrew Clarke's has written three coauthored biographies, including his work with aerial skier Lydia Lassila and motor racing legend Mark Skaife. It is his 16th book. Matthew Lloyd is a former Australian rules footballer who played for and was the captain of the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League. Lloyd is currently an assistant coach at the AIS-AFL Academy and an AFL commentator.