Melbourne great Garry Lyon has urged Carlton veteran Marc Murphy to have a stern discussion with coach David Teague about a move back into the midfield.
Before this season, Murphy had been a staple of the Carlton midfield mix since he made his debut in 2006.
However in 2021, the Blues have shifted the former captain to the half-forward flank, with the former No.1 pick struggling to get his hands on the ball.
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Murphy has a career low in disposals, averaging just 14.8, well below his average of 24.8 before this season. The veteran has also kicked just three goals from five matches.
“There’s a guy called Marc Murphy who has been around for a long time and been a star. They’ve relocated him as a small half-forward. You know what it smacks of? It smacks as Travis Boak,” Lyon said on Fox Footy’s On The Couch.
“My challenge to Marc Murphy tonight is to say no, don’t accept that. Right now it looks like he will play the year out, he’s on 289 games, he’s going to get to 300 and probably they might transition him out. Don’t stand for that. Don’t just die and wither on the vine.
“David Teague would look at it that we have a deficiency here, challenge him as a 33-year-old. Like you (Riewoldt) were challenged as a 33-year-old to go play on the wing. Change your training load, I watched him play and heard him interviewed, ‘this is what I’m going to do I’m 33’.
“But challenge him and say no, for you to play senior footy in this side between now and then you’re going to have two or three weeks, your training load is going to go up and you’re going to go into the middle.
“You might not be there for 90 per cent of the time, but you’re going back in the middle and you’re going to drive and help Cripps, Walsh and don’t let him wither on the wine as a small half forward.”
Carlton is currently 2-3 with a brutal month ahead including assignments against Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.