Sam Murray is an incredibly fast, agile and attacking footballer who also possesses great skills and intuition. Murray was drafted by the Sydney Swans during the 2016 Rookie Draft where he was taken with pick 66. He has since played two seasons for the Sydney Swans in the NEAFL where he has worked on developing his game. Predominately playing as a running half-back, Murray has been recognised for his dynamic style of play, most notably in his 2017 selection in the NEAFL Team of The Year.
Murray was traded to the Collingwood Football Club at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Whilst he had no prior AFL game-experience, Collingwood saw great potential in the young defender. Murray has since repaid Collingwood after debuting for the side in Round 1 of the 2018 season. Now having played 4 games for the year, Murray has not only kept his spot amongst a growing team, he has excelled in his role at half-back. His elite debut season for Collingwood was recognised in Round 3 after receiving a nomination for the NAB AFL Rising Star – he collected 21 disposals (81%) efficiency, 4 tackles and 7 marks. Murray’s statistics show great promise and encouragement, averaging 20.8 disposals, 4.0 marks and 3.3 tackles a game. However, it is Murray’s ability to run, break-lines and penetrate the forward 50m with his kicking that catches the eye. He is fearless in his approach to defence and poses to be a very valuable and exciting prospect at Collingwood.