Guelfi was drafted with pick 76 in the 2017 NAB AFL draft after playing for Claremont in the WAFL. After making his debut in a win against Port Adelaide in 2018, Guelfi has gone on to play 61 games for the Bombers.
A versatile player, Guelfi has made appearances in both the midfield and defence in 2021 where he has become known for his high pressure, tackling game.
The Western Australian product has laid 49 tackles this season, the ninth most at The Hangar.
Speaking to the club after the signing, Guelfi expressed his commitment to the potentially finals bound club.
“I’m excited to sign a new deal with the club,” Guelfi said.
“This season has been an exciting one to be a part of, and I’ve loved seeing how much we’ve been able to grow as a playing group in such a short time under ‘Truck’ (Ben Rutten).
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Another year for our tough utility 💪
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“I’m really pleased I’m able to remain at the club and continue my development as a player as I’m desperate to be part of the future success of this club.
“I can’t wait to see what the rest of this season and next year holds.”
Adrian Dodoro, Essendon's General manager of list and recruiting, echoed Guelfi's sentiments.
“We’re very happy to have Matt sign again with us for next season,” Dodoro said.
“He came to us at the end of 2017 as a mature draftee and he’s been able to make an immediate impact in his time at the club.
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“We really rate Matt’s effort and intensity around the contest, and we know he’s a player who’s really driven to get the best out of himself.
“We look forward to seeing Matt’s growth over the off-season and into next year.”