Earlier this week it was confirmed that Carlton skipper Marc Murphy had signed a two-year deal keeping him at the Blues until the end of 2020.
While there was some minor media speculation the 30-year old who was a free agent at the end of this season would explore his options, many pundits felt it was inevitable the captain would remain a one club player.
Murphy said all the right things when announcing the contract extension on Monday. He is confident, despite a disappointing period in recent years, the club is trending in the right direction.
“I’m the captain of the football club. I love this place, my teammates and I’m more determined than ever to get this club back to where we belong. I know the direction that this young playing list is heading and that’s what drives me every day.”
Still an important role to play
The skipper, who has been on the sidelines through injury since round nine, made his return against Port Adelaide at the MCG last Saturday. Murphy was super impressive with 28 disposals. Importantly he provided some class and poise while helping take some of the burden off Patrick Cripps.
While Carlton have plenty of youth on the list, it is important to have quality senior players around them. Marc Murphy is someone whose experience and leadership is still a valuable commodity.
Brendon Bolton was rightfully delighted with the new contract.
“He is our captain. Murph is a Carlton person through and through and we hope he further builds on his remarkable career over the next two years.”
Marc Murphy one-club player
The contract extension should see the midfielder retire as a one club player. It is an impressive CV with 241 games to date that includes an All-Australian selection in 2011, 2x John Nicholls medal winner and AFLPA best first year player.
Already a Carlton life member, Marc Murphy still has some quality football in him. Hopefully his decision to stay is further vindicated with some on-field improvement at the Blues.