Sydney Swans rookie Brendan Murphy's hopes of making a senior AFL debut for the harbour city club have been dealt a major blow after he was injured in a reserves game yesterday. The Carlow man suffered a shoulder injury which could well force him to go under the knife during Belconnen's 45-point victory over the Swans' second team.
It's been a frustrating 2009 for the former Gaelic footballer as he missed much of the Swans' pre-season challenge match campaign due to a foot injury and had only just returned to competitive action a few weeks ago.
Murphy's progress last year almost saw him make a senior debut in the latter rounds of the competition and he had been expected to debut for the first team in the near future. Assistant coach for the Swans, John Blakey, had just been singing the praised of the Irishman on Saturday, saying it would be likely that the young rookie would play seniors in 2009.
"We spoke about him in match committee a few times last year," Blakey said.
"We're definitely hoping he'll play senior football this year. He had a really good first year. He developed well. He's really competitive and that holds him in good stead to push for a spot this year."