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Magpies premiership defender’s career in doubt

Nathan Murphy's career is in doubt AFL concussions
Nathan Murphy, pictured before the AFL grand final, has plenty to consider after suffering a 10th concussion during the match.

Collingwood’s premiership defender Nathan Murphy’s professional future hangs precariously, contingent on the imminent evaluation by the AFL’s medical concussion panel, following his early exit from the grand final due to a concussion.

The 23-year-old, known for his courageous play, suffered a head knock during the AFL grand final’s first quarter, marking his 10th concussion across his junior and senior playing stints.

News Limited is reporting that Murphy is set to undergo a assessment conducted by the AFL’s independent medical experts, with a response eagerly awaited from Stephen Meade, the AFL’s general counsel.

The scrutiny intensifies in light of the panel’s earlier recommendation this year for Sydney’s Patty McCartin to retire, a decision stemming from McCartin’s history of nine career concussions, inclusive of eight sustained during his tenure at St Kilda.

McCartin, after experiencing concussion symptoms post a collision in round 4 against Port Adelaide, never returned to the field.

Murphy’s scenario is currently evolving, with reports indicating the Magpies had approached the AFL, leaving Murphy in a holding pattern awaiting the league’s response. The AFL, adhering to its policy, refrained from commenting on the health status of individual players.

In the aftermath of the grand final, it’s noted that Murphy abstained from alcohol during the celebratory festivities on both Saturday night and Sunday. A source disclosed that Murphy was still grappling with the knock’s impact as of Monday, sparking concern among close family and friends regarding the prudence of him continuing his career.

Murphy was involved in a heavy collision with Brisbane’s Lincoln McCarthy in the grand final. The clash saw McCarthy’s shoulder inadvertently strike Murphy’s head in what was deemed a 50-50 contest. Although Murphy successfully navigated through the concussion testing, he withdrew from the game after experiencing blurred vision.

The Magpies are also sweating on the future of vice-captain Taylor Adams who has told the club he wishes to be traded to Sydney, who are trying to patch up their midfield after an injury to midfield general Callum Mills post-season, which will see him miss much of 2024.

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