Skipper sees Falcons going far despite pressure
Mar
7
2015
SUNSHINE Coast Falcons captain Tom Murphy has declared 2015 a new era for the club, ahead of their season-opener against Norths tonight.

Murphy will captain the side for the first time in the Intrust Super Cup, leading a team that includes nine Melbourne Storm-contracted players.

The 23-year-old lock represents a new dawn for a team ready to shed the moniker of perpetual struggler.

"It is a new era and a new year and we have a lot of new goals we want to achieve," Murphy said yesterday.

"It is round one and there is no better way to start the season than getting the two points, and that is what we have to do."

The Devils will prove a tough opponent for the Falcons and are historically strong starters. Last year they led the competition after eight rounds.

Murphy is expecting an extremely testing match in hot conditions.

"Norths are always a strong club and have been around for a long time and know what they are doing," he said.

"They always start their seasons well, so we will have to play good football if we are to win."

Murphy has been a stand

out since joining the Falcons halfway through last season after cutting ties with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

He has been personally endorsed by Storm mentor Craig Bellamy and believes the added responsibility of the captaincy will benefit his game.

"Obviously when you take on more responsibility you have got a little bit more to live up to and you have to lead by your actions," Murphy said.

"That is something I am taking on as a personal goal to get out there and give my 100% in the hope that the boys that are playing with me are going to do the same.

"It (the captaincy) can only benefit me and the team."

Among the Melbourne Storm-contracted players in the Falcons' 17-man squad are Kenny Bromwich, Ben Hampton, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Australian and New South Wales powerhouse Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.

MURPHY said Sunshine Coast fans deserved to be optimistic about his side's prospects in 2015.

He said his side was aware of the added expectations that came with boasting so much NRL talent.

"Playing this level of football there is always going to be some expectations and things you have to live up to, and there is a lot of depth in our squad now," he said.

"We have to start delivering with our performances and the guys back from Melbourne are going to complement that."

Falcons veteran Callum Klein will equal his brother Rowan's club record of 78 matches today when the centre runs out on to Sunshine Coast Stadium.

"He's been through the tough times so hopefully he can be here for the good times now too," Murphy said.

FALCONS: T Robinson, S Wright, C Klein, H Hunt, S Vunivalu, B Hampton, C McGrady, T Learoyd-Lahrs, S Griffin, N Asofa-Solomona, K Bromwich, J Samoa, T Murphy (c). Interchange: B Brittain, K Seru, J Vuetibau, R Hansen, J Ryan.

GAME DAY

SUNSHINE COAST v NORTHS

Tonight, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina, 6pm

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/skipper-sees-the-falcons-going-far-murphy-admits-p/2566824/

Courtesy of Iain Curray of Sunshine Coast Daily

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