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Milestone in reach for Murphy

Carlton veteran Marc Murphy in action in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MARC Murphy will get the chance to become only the sixth player in Carlton history to play 300 VFL/AFL matches after signing a one-year contract extension.

The 33-year-old, who is one of ten players to sign new deals with the Blues, will enter the 2021 season on 285 games.

A former captain of the club, Murphy is a two-time best-and-fairest.

“The level of motivation I’ve got to earn success with this group is as strong as it has ever been during my 14 years here,” Murphy said.

“The competitiveness, hunger and drive we have to push each other to get better gives me all the determination I need to continue to give everything I have to this footy club.

“Since arriving at Carlton in 2005, I’ve experienced a lot alongside our members and supporters.

“There’s been some great times, some challenging times, and now there is a genuine reason for every Carlton person to be excited in the direction we are heading.”

Defender Lachie Plowman has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension, while Sam Philp will also be at the club until at least the end of 2023 after adding two years to his current deal.

Caleb Marchbank will be at Princes Park until at least the end of 2022, while Ed Curnow, Levi Casboult, Nic Newman and rookie pair Matthew Cottrell and Josh Honey have signed one-year contracts.

Rookie Michael Gibbons has been promoted to the senior list.

Carlton has already parted company with six players.

Following the retirements of Kade Simpson and Matthew Kreuzer, the Blues have told Darcy Lang, Ben Silvagni, Hugh Goddard and Finbar O’Dwyer their services are no longer required.