Murphy to lead Blues again

Updated: February 16, 2016
AFL News

AFL NewsMARC Murphy has been reappointed as Carlton captain for a fourth successive AFL season as the Blues look to rebuild under new coach Brendon Bolton.

Carlton have overhauled the remainder of the seven-man leadership group.

Kade Simpson has got the nod as the sole vice-captain, while the group also includes young guns Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty.

“I love the footy club and I couldn’t be prouder to be appointed captain,” the 28-year-old Murphy told the Carlton website.

“I was pretty confident (of being reappointed).

“I think we’ve got a lot of great leaders at the footy club and I felt the boys have been right behind me and supported me the whole way through.

“Obviously having a whole new coaching staff, you’ve got to prove yourself and I think it’s a really good opportunity to do that.”

Carlton endured a tumultuous 2015, with record-breaking coach Mick Malthouse sacked a third of the way through the season.

Caretaker coach John Barker saw out a campaign which ended with the Blues claiming the wooden spoon.

Barker applied for the fulltime head coaching position, but was edged out by Bolton, the highly-regarded Hawthorn assistant coach.

Barker then accepted a position as the Blues’ stoppages coach.