27/05/2024

Carlton veteran Marc Murphy. Image: Carlton Media

Carlton coach David Teague has backed in former club captain and veteran Marc Murphy saying he still has plenty of value and plenty to give to the side in the second half of the season.

The 33-year-old is closing in on 300 games for Carlton and should he reach the milestone will become the 6th Blue ever to do so, was omitted for the first time in his career last week for the game against Sydney. Murphy was named as the medical sub on the day though, Coming on late in the third quarter after Michael Gibbons injured his hamstring.

Murphy finished the 5 disposals in the qtr of game time he was on the ground and has retained his place in the starting 22 this week for the game against West Coast at the SCG.

“The fact he was 23’rd man, he wasn’t far off selection” Teague said to the media on Saturday.

“We still think he can add value. There are a couple of areas we have challenged him on in terms of executing his role and his running patterns”

He’s worked on that this week at training and we look forward to seeing him go out there this weekend and playing an important role for our team”

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The Blues regain speedy small forward Zac Fisher who hasn’t been seen at AFL since an ankle injury in round 2 for the clash against the Eagles. The Blues have also recalled former top 3 pick Paddy Dow who coach David Teague has implored to believe in himself back at AFL level after being named best on ground in a scratch match last Sunday.

Dow has shown fleeting glimpses of his talents during his 4 years at the Blues but is yet to string a consistent patch of football together at senior level. His last outing at AFL level against Essendon in round 7 was looking like that could be the breakout performance Carlton fans had been yearning for before he was subbed out just after quarter time with an eye injury.

“It was really unfortunate, that one against Essendon,” Teague said

“His first quarter looked really strong until he got that black eye and couldn’t see out of it, then after that, he’s had a couple of little niggles, but he’s back fit now and he played really well last week.

“He gets his opportunity this week and I think the last time he played, he looked like he played with a sense of belonging and belief at this level.

“That’s what he needs to do because when he goes back to VFL, he looks like he really believes in himself. We believe in him and we want to see him at his best.”

Recruit Lachie Fogarty, who has been a revelation at his new club this year will miss the game against The Eagles to rest and deal with a few niggles and sore spots. Levi Casboult has been omitted.

Despite the uncertainty amidst the Coronavirus chaos, The Blues are planning on returning to Victoria after the game on Sunday night before the bye in Round 14.

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