Goal for 2013: Make the top 17 and play consistently good footy
Matt McIlwrick broke through for his first grade debut in 2012 and emerged as a strong contender to be the Raiders long term number nine after a string of impressive performances.
McIlwrick impressed in his debut season with his explosive speed around the ruck and work-rate in defence.
A qualified personal trainer, the 21 year old is pound for pound one of the strongest and fittest players in the club.
Following Travis Waddell’s departure, McIlwrick has a fantastic opportunity to cement a regular spot in first grade in 2013.