Former Collingwood defender Sam Murray remains uncertain if he will commit full-time to Wangaratta Rovers this year.
Speculation has been rife that the 23-year-old has cut ties with VFL outfit Williamstown.
"I'm still listed at Williamstown, but I've got a company based in Melbourne, which is my main priority," he offered just minutes after playing a strong role in the Hawks' 31-point win over Lavington on Sunday.
"I'm not 100 percent sure what I'm doing with my footy, right now I'm a 'Wang' Rovers player, but I'm definitely not ruling out anything to do with the VFL this year."
I'm not 100 percent sure what I'm doing with my footy, right now I'm a 'Wang' Rovers player.- Sam Murray
Murray is great mates with co-coach Daryn Cresswell, so that link can only help the Hawks.
"I love it down here, I don't lose anything with my football being here and the ability to develop under Daryn," he revealed.
Rovers host an Easter twilight blockbuster against Albury on Saturday, with the Tigers also winning their first game with a 94-point demolition of Yarrawonga in the season's first game on Saturday.
And the good news for Rovers is that Murray has committed to that game against the long-time powerhouse.
"I'll play Rovers next week and I'm looking forward to it, it should be a good game," he said.
The resurgent Hawks missed finals in 2019 and have added a host of profile recruits over the past 18 months, but an Albury outfit with ex-AFL players Anthony Miles and Jeff Garlett will be an imposing test.
Murray is one of the league's maximum six-pointers, so that places pressure on him to perform.
He had a stack of possessions against the Panthers, but turned the ball over a number of times in the first half.
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However, in that tight third term, Murray displayed why he will be so crucial to the Hawks if he elects to play full-time with a number of telling touches.
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