North Melbourne young gun Tom Murphy signs new contract until end of 2020

on 21 July 2018
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by MATT BALMER
Source: FOX SPORTS
July 18, 2018 9:59am

NORTH Melbourne has locked away one of its best feel-good stories of the year, with shock debutant Tom Murphy signing a new deal.  Foxfooty.com.au can reveal Murphy has agreed to a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Arden St until the end of 2020.

Drafted by the Kangaroos with Pick 4 in the 2017 Rookie Draft, Murphy has played four games in his first year of AFL.

Murphy made his AFL debut in bizarre circumstances as a late inclusion just minutes before the Roos’ clash with Brisbane, after forward Jarrad Waite suffered calf tightness in the warm-up.

The 20-year-old says he’s excited to be rewarded with a two-year after coming to the club on the rookie list.

“To get offered a two-year contract I’m very overwhelmed and very appreciated and can’t wait to stay with North,” Murphy told foxfooty.com.au.

“Having a one-year contract it’s a bit daunting as you don’t know what is going to happen for the next year, and it’s in the back of your mind.”

After not having his “ankles taped” and being thrust into the spotlight with Waite’s withdrawal in Round 11, Murphy says the experience to run out onto the ground for the first time was great.

“I wasn’t really sure I was going to debut like that. It was a great experience and I think playing a few games after that just appreciates how good AFL footy is and it just makes you want it that little bit more,” Murphy said.

“It was a really good experience to be out there and I loved every moment. It was an overwhelming experience only having a couple of minutes to get ready and it’s not your usual preparation but it was great.”

As a reliable kick in the defensive half of the ground, Murphy said he’s aiming to get back into the senior team, after serving as the team’s senior emergency in their loss to the Sydney Swans on Sunday.

“I wasn’t really expecting to play AFL in my first year. It’s been a really good year and I’m just really happy to get a two-year contract and to just make the most of it,” he said.

“I really want to look at playing more senior footy towards the end of the year, but if not I’ll just play my role at VFL and see what happens.”