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Matthew Broadbent to take leave of absence

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Matthew Broadbent of the Power runs with the ball during the round 10 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Port Adelaide Power at University of Tasmania Stadium on May 25, 2019 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Matthew Broadbent of the Power runs with the ball during the round 10 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Port Adelaide Power at University of Tasmania Stadium on May 25, 2019 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

PORT ADELAIDE defender Matthew Broadbent has been provided a leave of absence from football to allow him to focus on his mental health.

General Manager – Football, Chris Davies said the club would not put a timeframe on his return, with the 28-year-old’s health and wellbeing the primary focus.

“Matthew is a valued player, teammate and person at the Port Adelaide Football Club. At this point, the best option for his overall health is to step away from the game for a while,” Davies said.

“The club’s primary focus is on Matthew’s health and welfare and we will continue to provide him with the ongoing support he requires.”

“We can’t say at this point how long that will be but he will be given as long as he needs.

The Port Adelaide Football Club asks that Broadbent and his family be given appropriate time and privacy to deal with the matter.