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Murphy's driving ambition

JNM | A moment with Murph and Walshy Honour the past, own the future. Marc Murphy and Sam Walsh speak from Carlton's night of nights.

MARC Murphy is still dreaming big in Navy Blue.

Heading into his 15th year at Ikon Park, few would begrudge Murphy for beginning to think about life after footy.

However, Carlton’s No.3 is still focussed on one thing: bringing success back to his club.

Joining his successor Sam Walsh on stage at the John Nicholls Medal, Murphy said the chance to aim for premiership glory with his younger teammates was something that drove him each day.

“I sat there on Grand Final day with ‘Crippa’ this year… you picture yourself standing there with the cup. I think it’d be silly not to think that,” Murphy said.

 

“There’d be nothing I love more than to be able to experience that with guys like ‘Walshy’, ‘Crippa’ and ‘Doc’. It’d be huge for everyone in the room and for the whole footy club.

“I could pull the pin if I wanted to, I’ve been around for 14 years. I want to keep working hard with these guys.”

If 2019 is anything to go by, Murphy still has a lot left in the tank — especially on the back of his second half to the year.

It was Murphy at his vintage best following the bye, reminding the football world exactly what he’s capable of.

The 32-year-old said the maturity and form shown by his younger teammates at the end of the campaign has expectation and optimism high for next year.

“I’m really excited about what 2020 holds for us,” he said.

“The belief in the group is really starting to grow. The confidence which a lot of the guys have got, they’re really building upon that and really enjoying doing that together.

“They’re certainly not happy with where we finished — I know people are encouraged with how we finished the last half of the year. There’s a real want to be better, there’s a real want to be the best.”

For Murphy, that desire was never more evident than on the day of the best and fairest.

Heading into Ikon Park with son Max earlier in the afternoon, he saw something which he hadn’t seen since arriving at the Club at the end of 2005.

“There would have been 16 or 17 guys in the weights room doing extras, doing touch, doing kicking out on the ground,” he said.

“I’ve never really seen that before. That’s from guys doing that off their own bat.

“I know that the guys are really willing and wanting to improve.”