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Bob Murphy the new leader of the pack

Bob talks Dogs captaincy BulldogsTV caught up with Robert Murphy after his announcement as the new captain of the Western Bulldogs to talk about his new role and the future of the Dogs.
Robert Murphy is seen during the official Western Bulldogs 2014 team photo day at Whitten Oval, Melbourne on January 29, 2014. (Photo:  Justine Walker/AFL Media)
Robert Murphy is seen during the official Western Bulldogs 2014 team photo day at Whitten Oval, Melbourne on January 29, 2014. (Photo: Justine Walker/AFL Media)
I’m chuffed to have been nominated and installed as Captain of a Club that has played such a major part of my life over the past 15 years.
Bob Murphy

The Western Bulldogs today installed Bob Murphy as the Club’s Captain for season 2015.

Murphy received the unanimous support from senior Club personnel, coaches and peers to assume the honoured role.

Filling in as Captain on a number of occasions over the past two seasons, and after a considered and consultative process, the 32-year-old emerged as the best person to the lead the young team.

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Senior Coach Luke Beveridge said Murphy was a standout among a strong field of established and emerging leaders.

“Bob possesses the qualities to be an exceptional Captain, and was the right choice among a healthy list of capable leaders at the Club.

“He has a great hunger and motivation to succeed in this role, and it’s no surprise he is universally respected in the industry. He is just a great football person.”

Murphy has had some of the best years of his football career recently, finishing in the top five of the Club’s best and fairest over the past three years.

The 2011 All-Australian said he was humbled to be named Captain of a Club he loves dearly.

“I’m chuffed to have been nominated and installed as Captain of a Club that has played such a major part of my life over the past 15 years,” Murphy said.

Drafted with the Club’s first selection (13th overall) in the 1999 AFL Draft, Murphy has played 271 games and kicked 171 goals since debuting in Round 19, 2000.