- Matt Lodge
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Sydney, Australia
- 117 kg
- Warriors #
- Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details)
- Round 17, 2021 vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
- Junior Club
- St. Patricks Blacktown
- Signed From
- Brisbane Broncos
- Wikipedia Page
He previously played for the Wests Tigers and the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League.
Lodge was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
He played his junior rugby league for St. Patricks Blacktown before being signed by the Penrith Panthers.
He played for Penrith's NYC team in 2012.
In September 2012, Lodge signed a contract with the Melbourne Storm starting in 2013. He played for the Storm's NYC team in 2013 and 2014. He was named at prop in the 2013 NYC Team of the Year.
Lodge playing for the Storm-Sharks in 2013
In June 2014, Lodge joined the Wests Tigers mid-season for the remainder of the season, joining their NYC squad. In Round 17 of the 2014 NRL season, Lodge made his NRL debut for the Tigers against his former team, the Penrith Panthers. He made four first grade appearances for the year. He was described as a "110kg battering ram," who was "certain to feature in the regular squad next season. Later in the year, he was chosen to participate in the NSW under-20s pathway camp.
On 19 October 2015, Lodge was sacked by the Tigers after being arrested in New York City. He was due back in court for sentencing in December after entering a guilty plea.
After spending some time with the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup, Lodge signed a 1-year contract with the Brisbane Broncos starting in 2018.
Lodge made 22 appearances for Brisbane in the 2019 NRL season as the club finished 8th on the table and qualified for the finals. Lodge played in the club's elimination final against Parramatta which Brisbane lost 58-0 at the new Western Sydney Stadium. The defeat was the worst in Brisbane's history and also the biggest finals defeat in history.
On 19 February 2020, Lodge suffered an ACL injury during pre-season training for Brisbane and was ruled out for an extended period.
Lodge only featured in six games for Brisbane in the 2020 NRL season as the club finished last on the table.
Lodge agreed a midseason switch from the Broncos to the Warriors during the 2021 NRL season.
In May 2022, Lodge was released from his New Zealand contract with immediate effect after club owner Mark Robinson had a drunken altercation with him. Lodge was then paid out the remaining $700,000 of his contract in full by the club.
Following his abrupt departure from the New Zealand Warriors, Lodge was signed to a short-term contract by the Sydney Roosters, joining the club in July 2022.