Sam Murray has opened up on his tight relationship with Wangaratta Rovers' coach Daryn Cresswell, declaring it's beyond player and coach.
Murray's decision to nominate the Hawks as his second club means he's in line to reunite with his former Wodonga Raiders' mentor for the first time since 2015.
The 22-year-old is contracted to VFL outfit Williamstown, but there's enormous doubt the second-tier competition will proceed this season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The O and M's season is also in doubt, meaning Murray could have to wait another year to play under his confidant.
"It probably goes further than coach and player now, I consider Daryn a very, very close friend of mine and the family, what he's done for my brother Nick (who's also nominated Rovers as his second club after also joining Williamstown)," Murray said.
It probably goes further than coach and player now, I consider Daryn a very, very close friend of mine and the family, what he's done for my brother Nick.Sam Murray
"For me now, more than ever, it's a really good reconciliation of once what was (rejoining him).
"What I see with him now is someone I can bounce ideas off.
"I've matured in the game, I understand football incredibly well, obviously I don't know it to the point where I'm an expert, but I've played at the highest level.
"I can have a chat that you can only have when you get that certain level of relationship."
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Murray blitzed the O and M as a 17-year-old, finishing third (19 votes) in the Morris Medal to modern day Albury greats Joel Mackie (22) and Dean Polo (21).
"I want to surround myself with people like Daryn, someone who can help me be better and grow and learn," Murray said.