A humbled Marc Murphy says he has fulfilled a dream by becoming Carlton captain.

 

As forecast first by Fairfax Media on Tuesday night, Murphy was announced as Blues captain on Wednesday, with fellow candidates Andrew Carrazzo and Kade Simpson named as dual vice-captains.

 

Murphy, 25, replaces Brownlow Medallist Chirs Judd, who stood down as captain over the off-season after years in the job.

 

Marc Murphy is expected to be named Carlton captain today.

 

Leader by example: Carlton's new captain Marc Murphy.

Leader by example: Carlton's new captain Marc Murphy. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo


"I've been involved in leadership groups since my second year at the club. So I've had six years of sitting in on leadership meetings so it's been a massive aspiration to one day hopefully captain the club," he said at the official announcement at Visy Park.

"I've captained junior level sport so it's something I've always wanted to do so it's pretty exciting to finally be announced as captain."

 

Blues coach Mick Malthouse said Murphy emerged after an "exhaustive process" that could have just easily ended with either of Carrazzo or Simpson as the new skipper.

 

Instead, Carrazzo and Simpson have been named joint vice-captains, while key forward Jarrad Waite and defender Nick Duigan have also been added to the leadership group for this season.

 

"This is not about who the best player is, it's about who is the best leader," Malthouse said.

 

"Marc is a young man who we know is a talent, but I also know now, and I've been at the football club long enough to know, how admired and respected he is within the origination and, more importantly, a person that can uphold the traditions of the Carlton Football Club," he said.

 

"We've got a man who has the opportunity to play for a number of years, he's got great back up within the organisation and assisted by two great vice-captains and the experience they got.

 

"He also has a great friendship and great opportunity to latch onto to people who have been in football a bit longer, in Kane and Andrew. He can bounce ideas off those two guys."

 

Murphy, sitting in front of some of the club's past leaders such as John Nicholls, Mark Maclure, Anthony Koutoufides and Judd, admitted he had "massive shoes to fill".

 

"Obviously Juddy has brought a lot of professionalism at the club," Murphy said.

 

"But it is great to still have him at the club to talk to as time goes forward, but I'm also looking forward to leaving my own legacy at the club," he said.

 

"It will be a great experience. Obviously it comes with a great deal of responsibility.

 

"There has been some great people who have captained this club through history so to be put up with those names, it is a pretty big honour. It's special."

 

Murphy conceded he would have to grow into the role, but believed the support of Carrazzo, Simpson, Waite, Duigan and also veterans Judd and Heath Scotland, would help cover for any weaknesses he might have as a skipper.


"I'm a very competitive person, I'm not one of the most vocal blokes at the club, but I think I lead by example," the 2011 best and fairest said.

 

"I give 100 per cent, I like to think I'm pretty consistent with my football and always striving to be better."

 

Malthouse strongly rejected suggestions that Murphy was not the type of player the coach had typically chosen to lead his teams in past.

 

"The captains I've had have all been very competitive, they all have a care for their team-mates, they are winners, and they all want to play in a highly-successful side, and all those captains have been 'we' not 'I'," Malthouse said.

"And Marc is no exception."

 

Murphy, 25, has played 142 games since his debut in 2006. He missed six games last year due to a shoulder injury, but in 2011 was named All-Australian, won his club's best and fairest award and polled 19 Brownlow Medal votes.