After taking some time to consider his future, Western Bulldogs Captain Bob Murphy says he has â€śunfinished businessâ€ť and will play on for an 18th AFL season in 2017.
Murphy yesterday signed a contract to extend a career that has produced so much, including 295 games, two All-Australian nods including one as captain, AFLPA best captain award and three international rules series.
List Manager Jason McCartney said Murphyâ€™s influence was immeasurable and that his signature was a major boost for the Club.
â€śThe decision to offer Bob another contract was an easy one because of just how much he brings holistically to this place,â€ť McCartney said.
â€śHe is such an important figure here, both from a leadership perspective but what he also offers as a player.â€ť
â€śIt was welcome news for everyone at the Club.â€ť
The 33-year-old made the decision after spending some time away and cited his desire to give more to the Club that drafted him with pick 13 in the 1999 AFL Draft.
â€śIâ€™ve still got the passion to play and obviously, thereâ€™s unfinished business for this team and our Club,â€ť Murphy said.
â€śTo have your Club in your corner, saying that they really want you to play again canâ€™t be underestimated.â€ť
â€śI feel like I can get back to playing good footy, and I still feel like Iâ€™ve got something to offer. I miss it, I miss playing with those boys.â€ť