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Ryan Davidson, AFL Media  June 23, 2017 10:47 AM

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Carlton captain Marc Murphy says the current era at the Blues is the most exciting he has experienced in over a decade at the Club.

The rebuilding Blues came into the season with modest expectations, but Brendon Bolton's team has won five games and sits just a game out of the eight, with some impressive youngsters helping lead the charge back up the ladder.

Despite playing in finals in four of his 11 seasons at Ikon Park, Murphy feels the Blues' list has the talent to take the Club to a more prosperous future.

"As a bloke who has been around the footy club for 11 years now, I think the Club is in as good a spot as it's ever been," Murphy told SEN on Friday.

"It has been a lean three or four years at the footy club (and) been some really tough times for our supporters.

"They've had to sit there and watch the team get belted week in, week out.

"But I suppose in the last 18 months, our supporters are really excited with what they're seeing.

"The footy club is going really well at the moment, it's a good place to be at."

Murphy's optimism stems from a young playing group that has already earned four NAB AFL Rising Star nominations this season, with Jack Silvagni, Caleb Marchbank, Sam Petrevski-Seton and David Cuningham leading the way.

"I know we're only 5-7 this year, (but) I think with some of our younger talent coming through, they are going to be around for the next 10-12 years," Murphy said.

"They're all going to come through together, which is really exciting."
 

Sunday's clash with an in-form Richmond looms as a stern test for the baby Blues, but the skipper says it's a great opportunity for the players to redeem themselves after a 43-point Round 1 loss at the hands of the Tigers.

The Tigers have won the past five matches between the sides, but Carlton's last victory over its traditional rival was a sweet one, after it knocked Richmond out of September with a win in the 2013 elimination final. 

"They've had it over us for quite a few years, like a lot of the sides have," he said.

"Other than the Port Adelaide game, it was probably our worst game of footy this year.

"We (got beaten) by just over 40 points, so I'd like to think we've developed a fair bit since that Round 1 game.

"We're in really good form at the moment and they've played some great footy as well, so it's going to be a huge game on Sunday."