Lachlan Murphy is a highly gifted young defender who has evolved as the first player drafted from Adelaide’s SANFL development squad. Murphy won the Dean Bailey Award as the club’s best and most dedicated development player. He has played key roles in many teams, including Ivanhoe (AGS) and Northern Knights (TAC CUP) where he won the Northern Knights’ best and fairest award from only 10 games. He is a gutsy, skilful and courageous small defender who possesses a versatile left-foot. He averaged 27.5 disposals for the 2017 season.
Murphy made his debut for the Adelaide Crows in Round 1 of the 2018 season where he kicked his first AFL goal. Since debuting, Murphy has adopted an aggressive game-style which has seen him kick several goals. After playing in the opening three rounds, Murphy was sidelined briefly with hamstring pain however successfully returned to the side in Round 9. He is proving to be a damaging player for the Crows, one who looks to continuously be improving and developing.