Having started his footballing education as a 5 year old at Donhead United Football Club, Chant then had stints for Shaftesbury Town, Gillingham Town and Wincanton Town before being spotted by former Football League team Yeovil Town. Following moves to Bradford Town, Laverstock and Downton, Chant was offered the chance to head to his hometown club, Shaftesbury Town where he was an integral part of them moving up the leagues.
Since moving to New Zealand he has played for Division 2 side Fencibles United, Waitakere United in the National League and Takapuna in Division 1. At the start of 2020 “Chanty” also had a stint in the Oceania Champions League with Samoan side Lupe O le Soaga. He has won multiple league titles and was a win away from playing in the FA Cup 1st Round having reached the 4th Preliminary Round with Gillingham Town.
He says being involved in a professional environment at Yeovil was a huge achievement, having been in the mix with high level players such as Paddy Maddon, Wayne Hennessy, Kevin Dawson and Luke Ayling.
Matt commented, “I have been living in Clevedon for 2 years, and with work now in the area and such friends as Fredrik Ljungberg in the team I started to consider what would work best for myself and my family. I came down and had a look at the training, right away it was very well set up and felt like a professional club. The facilities at Drury are a class set up, where we can play an attractive yet winning brand of footy. I am keen to help the club push through the leagues and make Franklin United the Premier club they should be.”
Coach Mark Holt said of the signing of Matt, “It is great to have another local talented player with experience joining the squad. Matt will not only bring his footballing ability and winning mentality, but his leadership and experience is something that is required for our young group of talented players. He holds everyone accountable on and off the park, whilst also having a smile on his face this is good for the team dressing room. I am looking forward to his involvement for years to come driving the club forward.”