CARLTON midfielder Marc Murphy has inked a new one-year deal that will see the Club champion enter his 16th AFL season with the Blues.
The definition of loyalty in the modern game, Murphy will add to his 285 career games, which are already a record in the No.3 Navy Blue guernsey.
A key pillar in the Carlton midfield from the day he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2005 NAB AFL Draft, Murphy will now further cement his legacy as one of the Club’s modern-day greats.
In addition to captaining the Blues for six seasons from 2013–2018, Murphy is a two-time John Nicholls Medallist, All Australian and in Round 7 this year was awarded AFL Life Membership.
In recent times he has transitioned to a role on the wing, while playing a leading hand in ushering in his next generation of teammates.
The 33-year-old said he was excited to add a memorable chapter to his career.
“The level of motivation I’ve got to earn success with this group is as strong as it has ever been during my 14 years here,” Murphy said.
“The competitiveness, hunger and drive we have to push each other to get better gives me all the determination I need to continue to give everything I have to this footy club.
“Since arriving at Carlton in 2005 I’ve experienced a lot alongside our members and supporters. There’s been some great times, some challenging times and now there is genuine reason for every Carlton person to be excited in the direction we are heading.”
Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said securing Murphy was a great benefit for the playing group.
“Murph has been a class player and leader for this football club for well over a decade,” Austin said.
“For where our list is currently at, it is invaluable to have someone of Murph’s experience and professionalism in the middle of the ground.
“We are delighted he will continue to help set high standards on and off the field, as well as drive this playing group forward in 2021.”