Carlton have decided on their new captain for 2013.
The race for Carlton’s captaincy has finally ended with the club announcing their decision to appoint Marc Murphy as 2013 captain.
The 25-year old was up against Andrew Carrazzo and Kade Simpson for the role, with both players being named as vice-captains under Murphy.
All three players were given the opportunity to try out for the role in the NAB Cup pre-season matches before the club board made their decision.
Fox Sports reports that the choice came down to Murphy and Carrazzo, who recently signed a 2 year deal with the Blues.
It is believed the club chose the young midfielder over veteran Carrazzo after taking into consideration that Murphy would be a long term appointment due to his young age.
The No.1 pick in the 2005 national draft boosted his claim for the role with his performance when captaining Carlton in four games late last season when former captain Judd was injured.
Murphy, who has played 142 games (115 goals) and won a club best and fairest in 2011 has said captaincy was a position he had always aspired to.
“It obviously comes with a lot of responsibility but I’m looking forward to it,” Murphy said.
“I’ve got massive shoes to fill.
The Blues new captain will lead the team out for his first official engagement of the 2013 season in Friday’s NAB Cup final against Brisbane.