Bob Murphy Announces Retirement

'I've lived the childhood dream'

Bob Murphy Announces Retirement

Western Bulldogs captain Robert Murphy says he will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

He announced his impending retirement at a media conference with coach Luke Beveridge.

“It has been an incredible experience being part of the Western Bulldogs Football Club for almost two decades, but now is the right time to finish my career,” Murphy said.

“I’ve had the privilege of playing alongside some of the greats of this club and under some inspiring coaches, and each person has helped shape me as a player and person.

“I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received along the way, from my team-mates, coaches and club staff, my family and friends, and from the amazing Bulldogs’ members and fans.

 “It has been an honour to captain the club for the last three seasons, and I will leave the game satisfied that I gave everything I possibly could.”

The 35-year-old has played 310 games for the Dogs since being recruited with pick 13 in the 1999 NAB AFL Draft.

The final-round clash against the Hawks may prove to be the last AFL match for both Murph and Luke Hodge