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‘The magnetic pull of footy’: Bob Murphy to join the Dockers

Former Western Bulldogs’ skipper Bob Murphy says he will be “all in” at Fremantle as soon as he starts as their new head of football and high performance later this year.

He expects to be on a steep learning curve as he oversees the club’s AFL and AFLW programs in a broad operational role within the football department that will also encompass leadership.

The two-time All-Australian said he was looking forward to entering a new environment after 312 games in 18 seasons at the Western Bulldogs to see where he could assist as the Dockers look to return to finals action.

Bob Murphy in 2017.

Bob Murphy in 2017.Credit:Pat Scala

“It will be a steep learning curve. I have a lot of history with the Bulldogs and it will always be a part of me, but footy clubs demand you are all in … I am all in [at the Dockers],” Murphy said.

Murphy has been working as a radio broadcaster with SEN since his retirement in 2017 and was involved in the Western Bulldogs women’s program last season as he felt the urge to be involved with a club return.

“I could feel the magnetic pull of footy,” Murphy said.

“I missed the cause.”

Bob Murphy is headed west to join the Dockers.

Bob Murphy is headed west to join the Dockers.Credit:Darrian Traynor

He is friends with Dockers CEO Simon Garlick, a former teammate who was also chief executive at the Bulldogs, and Murphy also played alongside Matthew Boyd, who now works alongside Fremantle senior coach Justin Longmuir in the coaches box.

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