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bob murphy confirms he will remain western bulldogs captain in 2017

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bob murphy confirms he will remain western bulldogs captain in 2017

bob murphy has confirmed that he will remain captain of the western bulldogs as the club follows up its inspirational premiership of last season.

murphy missed the bulldogs' fairytale run to the flag, with easton wood his stand-in, after he suffered a knee injury against hawthorn in round three.

western bulldogs coach luke beveridge and murphy embrace.
western bulldogs coach luke beveridge and murphy embrace. p o: damian traynor

but murphy remained an integral member of the off-field support group and he was involved in some of the most emotional scenes among the bulldogs players after their 22-point win over sydney.

the 34-year-old told sen that an announcement had yet to be made but "i will be captain".

murphy said he wasn't ready to give up the captaincy after only two years, one of which was lost because of the knee injury. he said he could still contribute in a leadership role, especially in helping develop the younger teammates who would eventually take on the role.

"you want to do some thinking about what's best for the team and whether you're the best man for the job, because ultimately we're just servants of the footy club," murphy said.

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"you've got to ask yourself a few questions about whether you think you're the right person for it, whether you've still got the energy for it and the guys coming through.

"as a servant of the footy club, i'm kind of guided by what the players and what the club need.

"i can certainly see the benefit of a nick riewoldt situation having been captain (of st kilda) for so long, and that's where i sort of argue the difference there, i've been in the job for two years, one of those with an asterix next to it.

"the idea of having that mentor for the young captain coming through is something all clubs would look at."

murphy said he would line up for the bulldogs during the afl pre-season series.

"we've had a couple of practice matches up here just amongst ourselves and i've played and got through those, so i should play the majority of the pre-season competition," he said.

"luke (bulldogs coach luke beveridge) and the club were steadfast in saying we'd like you to go around again.

"i was more than happy to take on the role again knowing full well we've got great leaders throughout the club as they showed last year."