Rex Wright played for the Richmond thirds (VFL) and Prahran (VFA) before transferring to the Berri Football Club in the Upper Murray League for the 1954 season.
Twenty years old and 191cm tall, Wright was averaging six goals a game and seen as a promising key forward when the left-footer was spotted by a Norwood country scout early in the season and an attempt was made to have him signed and cleared before the June 30 deadline. Club officials made the 480km return dash to Berri on the last day for transfers and just managed to beat the cut-off time. However, the permit committee ruled Wright had not met the league's residential qualifications as he had lived in South Australia for only ten weeks, not the required thirteen, and could not play league football for the remainder of the season.
Norwood persisted however, and in February 1955 Wright decided to join the summer training school held at Norwood by league coach Jack Oatey.
Wright made his league debut in round two of the 1955 season in the drawn game against West Torrens at Thebarton.
He played three senior games for the year, but spent most of the season in the reserves where the full forward led Norwood's goal kicking.
R Cialini, M Giles Oct 2021