18/04/2024

Marc Murphy will play his 300th and final game for Carlton this weekend. Image: carltonfc.com.au

Former Carlton captain Marc Murphy will bring down the curtain on a 16-year career when he plays his 300th and final game this weekend, announcing his retirement this morning.

Former Carlton captain Marc Murphy will bring down the curtain on a 16-year career when he plays his 300th and final game this weekend, announcing his retirement this morning.

The 34-year-old is set to become only the 6th Carlton player to reach the revered 300 game milestone, behind only John Nicholls, Bruce Doull, Craig Bradley, Stephen Silvagni, and Kade Simpson, the only other men to reach the milestone.

“I announced earlier to the boys and the whole playing group that this week would be my last game as well,” Murphy said on Tuesday.

“To play 300 and finish on that note, for that to be my last game – I just realised before that we’ll be wearing the white jumper, so I won’t be wearing the navy blue one more time – but it’s all still the same.

“Hopefully we can get a win and I can sing the song one last time with the boys and hopefully there are a few smiles after the game.”

It has been an up and down final year for Murphy, faced with several injury setbacks and omissions from the senior team which saw him line up in the VFL for the first time in his entire 16 year Carlton career back in June. After playing well against Port Melbourne, Murphy returned to the senior team for the round 15 clash with Adelaide at Marvel Stadium where he was substituted in the first quarter after injuring his calf.

Murphy has since re-gained match fitness and has played the last 3 games, albeit starting as the medical sub, and will be included in the final 22 for this week’s game against Port Adelaide in what will be his 300th and final game.

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Murphy said he was humbled and grateful to reach the milestone which he thought he might not have gotten to as the year rolled on.

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The Carlton playing list rocking Murphy 300 merchandise at training today. Image: Carlton Media

“When you look at the names who have played 300 games for the football club, it’s obviously pretty humbling,” Murphy said.

“The club has a really special place in my heart, so to be able to play 300 games here … it’s awesome. My family is really proud and speaking to the boys before, it’s a bit emotional reaching that milestone.

“When I did my calf six weeks ago, I thought that was probably it. I didn’t know the severity of the injury until I was speaking to the doctors after the scan. They were more positive than what I was, given the way it was feeling.

“I thought I was probably done, but I managed to get back in different circumstances and being the medical sub a few times. To finally get there, it’s pretty special. I’m pretty lucky to get there.”

Murphy succeeded Chris Judd in captaining the Blues for six seasons between 2013-2018. He has won 2 John Nicholls medals, finished in the top 10 of the Brownlow Medal on 2 occasions, was an All-Australian in 2011, and won the 2011 AFLCA Coaches Association player of the year.

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