Myrtleford’s president has labelled retiring veteran Brad Murray among the greatest players in the club’s 67-year O and M history.
Michael Quirk spoke to the players immediately after the 35-year-old made the shock announcement, following Saturday’s home win over Wangaratta Rovers.
“Just the consistency to play at that level for so long and just his appetite for the contest, it’s immeasurable really,” he said.
“Pound for pound, Brad is arguably, born and bred, Myrtleford’s best player.”
Murray has played 314 games across six clubs over 18 seasons.
He’s played 162 matches with the Saints and will look to play his final game at home against Albury on August 26.
“I’ve been stewing over it for six weeks,” Murray said.
Pound for pound, Brad is arguably, born and bred, Myrtleford’s best player.Michael Quirk
“The club means a lot to me, so it was always going to be tough.
“It was definitely the toughest decision I’ve made in terms of footy.”
Murray is now in his 10th season with the Saints after debuting in 2000.
He’s won three best and fairests, but is also one of the few O and M players to have won the top gong at two State-level clubs in West Perth and Port Adelaide.
“He’s definitely up there as one of the best I’ve played against,” former Lavington star Matt Pendergast said.
“He could kick goals, he could get clearances and he could break the lines too, so he was the ultimate package after Adelaide.”
“Some players made excuses not to play, he’s made excuses to play,” Quirk said.