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Murphy's midfield influence

Murph on return to midfield Marc Murphy spoke to 3AW following the Blues' win over the Saints in Round 22.

CARLTON veteran Marc Murphy is one of many Blues to flourish under recently appointed senior coach David Teague.

The experienced midfielder has recorded an impressive lift in form over the last two months, averaging over 27 disposals since the mid-season bye.

Murphy spoke of his fellow experienced contingent when speaking to 3AW following Carlton’s Round 22 victory over St Kilda.

“The vets are going okay at the moment,” Murphy said.

“Kreuzer was terrific and Levi just all year: whether that’s down back or up forward or as a second ruck, he’s been phenomenal.”

“The veterans have still got a bit of run in their legs, so it’s been nice.”

Since his return to the midfield after playing primarily across the wing in the first half of 2019, Murphy has been influential in Carlton’s five wins from eight weeks.

Murphy spoke on how Carlton’s recent attacking game style has leant itself to his strengths as a player.

“I think we’re trying to make the ground as big as we can and trying to open up pockets of space,” he said.

“I’ve sort of always build my game on being able to work myself into the game and run really hard.

“There’s a fair bit of space out there at the moment, which is good, but being back in the middle gives me more of a chance to run hard both defensively and offensively from stoppages.”

The faster game style of recent weeks has sparked not only an increase in form, but a new level of enthusiasm from Bluebaggers.

A crowd of 51,786 were out in force for Carlton’s final home game of 2019, with their passion not going unnoticed by the Carlton stalwart.

“It just shows that they’re really believing in what we’re doing at the moment,” he said.

“We’re playing some pretty attractive football and scoring well: geez, it was loud out there.”