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AFL Lions chasing All-Australian Murphy

By Dave Donaghy 05/07/2005 06:26:52 AM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews says the Lions will do everything in their power to lure under-18 All Australian sensation Marc Murphy to the club.

Murphy, 17, is eligible to play for the Lions, regardless of their position in this year's AFL draft, under the father-son rule.

The Victoria Metro captain is the son of former Fitzroy, Sydney and Kangaroos star John Murphy and has been awarded the Larke Medal as the player of the under-18 championship in Melbourne.

Matthews, who played with Murphy senior in Victorian representative teams, said Brisbane had been keeping a close eye of the plucky midfielder throughout the carnival.

Lions recruitment manager Kinnear Beatson was one of the selectors who picked Murphy for the All-Australian side.

"Marc's a good little player," Matthews said.

"We'll be very keen to get him and if it's in our control we will."

Father and son candidates, such as Lions cornerstone Jonathan Brown, can either choose to go to the club their father played for or enter the draft.

Three Queenslanders - Austin Lucy, Wayde Mills and Gavin Urquhart - joined Murphy in the merit side, along with Joel Selwood, the brother of Brisbane young gun Troy.

Matthews also revealed injured midfielder Richard Hadley was a chance of returning in 2005 despite undergoing a knee reconstruction prior to the season.

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