Sam Murray (footballer)

Sam Murray (born 2 September 1997) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted by the Sydney Swans with their final selection and sixty-sixth overall in the 2015 rookie draft.[1]

Sam Murray
Murray playing for the Sydney Swans reserves in April 2017.
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-09-02) 2 September 1997
Original team(s) Wodonga (O&MFL)
Draft No. 66, 2015 rookie draft
Debut Round 1, 2018, Collingwood
vs. Hawthorn, at MCG
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2016–2017 Sydney 00 (0)
2018–2019 Collingwood 13 (0)
Total 13 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

After spending two seasons with Sydney without playing a senior AFL match, he was traded to Collingwood during the 2017 trade period.[2] He made his debut in the thirty-four point loss to Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the opening round of the 2018 season.[3] In round 3, he was nominated for the 2018 AFL Rising Star award.[4]

Murray in August 2018 returned a positive test for a matchday positive for an illicit drug, believed to be cocaine.[5]

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Collingwood delisted Murray, stating they will re-draft him as a rookie if he is available.[6] A month later, Collingwood re-drafted Murray as a rookie with pick 33.[7] On 26 August 2019, it was announced that Murray would be available to play from the 2020 AFL season, following an 18-month backdated suspension.[8]

On Tuesday the 18th of September, it was announced Murray would not be offered a new contract with Collingwood.[9][10]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season[11]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2016 Sydney 460
2017 Sydney 460
2018 Collingwood 91301158113271672100.112.28.720.95.21.6
2019 Collingwood 90
Career 13 0 1 158 113 271 67 21 0 0.1 12.2 8.7 20.9 5.2 1.6


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