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Murphy set to lead Carlton

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Peter Hanlon and Jon Pierik preview the Carlton Blues ahead of their 2013 AFL season campaign.

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Carlton is expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for the 2013 season when the club finalises its on-field leadership on Wednesday.

Murphy is understood to have been chosen as the new captain to replace Chris Judd, ahead of the highly regarded Andrew Carrazzo, largely because of the club's desire for a next-generation leader.

While there had been speculation that Mick Malthouse would opt for Carrazzo - who fits the gritty, self-sacrificing style that the triple premiership coach has always treasured - Murphy offered Malthouse and the Blues the opportunity to make the appointment a longer-term one.

Marc Murphy is expected to be named Carlton captain today.

Marc Murphy is expected to be named Carlton captain today. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Murphy is 25, with 142 games' experience while, at 29, Carrazzo is the same age as Judd, who stood down as captain over summer after spending all five of his years with the Blues leading them.

Carlton had announced a five-man leadership group of Murphy, Carrazzo, Kade Simpson, Jarrad Waite and Nick Duigan in December after a vote of the players, and after Judd removed himself from a formal leadership role.

Carlton's board was to ratify the appointment of the new captain - a formality - before any announcement.

Murphy's first match as permanent captain would be to lead the Blues in Friday night's NAB Cup grand final against the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium.

Murphy is the same age as Nick Maxwell when Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain was made skipper of Malthouse's Magpies before the 2009 season. Previously, Malthouse chose a 23-year-old John Worsfold to be West Coast captain for the 1991 season; in both cases, the new, younger skipper led his club to a premiership in his second season at the helm.

Murphy, the No. 1 draft pick of 2005, captained the Blues during Judd's four-match suspension late last season and impressed the club with his leadership. Then coach Brett Ratten had planned to appoint Murphy captain for 2013, in the knowledge that Judd wished to step down for the 2013 season after five seasons in the job.

Murphy won the club best and fairest in 2011 and made the All-Australian team. Last year, he missed six games after suffering a serious shoulder injury in round eight following a collision with Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield.

Despite the shoulder, Murphy still finished fifth in the club best and fairest last year from only 16 games.

Over the past two seasons, Murphy has significantly developed the defensive side of his game, adding this element to his renowned offensive and ball-winning abilities.

Carlton trialled Murphy, Carrazzo, Simpson and Duigan as captains in the course of the NAB Cup.

Carrazzo has signed a contract extension that will tie him to Carlton until the end of the 2015 season.

24 comments

  • Hardly a surprise. Haven't really seen much from Murph as an on-field leader but prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Best of luck.

    Commenter
    Matt
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 10:22PM
    • So... Carrot's get's a 2-year contract extension and is not to be the next captain??? So strange.

      Commenter
      Michael
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      March 12, 2013, 10:42PM
      • Strange? How so?

        Commenter
        pickman
        Date and time
        March 13, 2013, 8:47AM
      • Carrazzo is a fine player and would be chugged at being VC (hopefully they name him).
        Onya Murph!!

        Commenter
        plantos500
        Date and time
        March 13, 2013, 8:49AM
    • Poor guy. Look's like his entire career is going to be wasted.

      Commenter
      failton
      Date and time
      March 12, 2013, 11:07PM
      • If by wasted you mean multiple premiership captain then yes, wasted.

        Commenter
        Michael
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        March 12, 2013, 11:26PM
      • Michael
        I believe you're delusional. While I think the Malthouse coached blues will
        Improve, they are at least one key forward short, if not two. Who do they have to kick the pill to? Malthouse had three tall forwards at Collingwood, and only just scraped through for a flag. Having a great midfield is negated if they don't have anyone to kick to. That's Football 101

        Commenter
        Wes Mantooth
        Date and time
        March 13, 2013, 8:55AM
      • So what you're saying Michael, is that he'll follow his mentor and quit to be a captain at another club? That sounds more likely than Carlton avoiding another decade like the last.

        Commenter
        Pete
        Date and time
        March 13, 2013, 9:25AM
    • Yet the AFL website seems to think it's Carrazzo. Time will tell.

      Commenter
      Grumpy dwarf
      Date and time
      March 12, 2013, 11:16PM
      • Adam,

        A refreshing point of view. There are many of us already sick of the Football mania that is ever increasingly saturating our workplaces, media outlets and public spaces, and which at certain times of the year reaches excessive and epidemic proportions.

        Who is playing with whom and in what position is not news..

        It's sport and should be relagated to the back pages of a paper or the absolute end of a website.

        Commenter
        Sven
        Location
        No football here
        Date and time
        March 13, 2013, 7:29AM

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