21/04/2024
The 24-year-old suffered his latest head knock during last year’s AFL grand final. Picture: Collingwood.

The 24-year-old suffered his latest head knock during last year’s AFL grand final. Picture: Collingwood.

Collingwood premiership defender Nathan Murphy has been ruled out of full-contact training and matches indefinitely as he continues to recover from a string of concussions.

The club has advised that Murphy will remain on a modified training program and will not take part in the upcoming practice matches.

Since his AFL debut back in 2018, Murphy has suffered at least 10 known concussions, with his most recent incident happening during last year’s AFL Grand Final.

Murphy says he intends to continue his career once he gets himself in the right frame of mind to play competitive football and has no plans on retirement.

“I’m still really healthy and still participating in a lot of stuff,” Murphy said.

“I’m not really contemplating retirement, that’s not really on my agenda. I’m just trying to focus on getting back out there to play football.”

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Murphy was examined by the AFL’s concussion panel and was given the green light to resume playing competitive football.

“I had a really good assessment with the panel and they’re professionals in this area so I trust their opinion,” Murphy said.

“I know I’m in a really good spot, it’s just probably more of a frame of mind sort of decision at the moment.

Collingwood football boss Graham Wright said the club had taken a cautious approach with the defender and will continue to support him in his decisions.

“Nathan’s welfare, like the welfare of all our athletes and people, remains paramount. The last game Nathan played was the 2023 grand final and Nathan, together with everyone at the club, have since worked closely with him on his individual training program,” Wright said.

“Nathan will continue his individual program over the pre-season period and will return to match simulation when he is ready to do so.”

The Magpies face North Melbourne in a match simulation next Wednesday, followed by a community match against Richmond on February 27.

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