Blake Solly, the CEO, has disclosed the club’s strategy to secure the club’s iconic leader until the year 2028, following a turbulent week in the history of the club. Already signed until the 2025 season, 25-year-old Murray is in the spotlight.
Eddie Jones, the Wallaby coach, has openly expressed his wish to lure the former schoolboy rugby champion for the World Cup in 2027, hosted by Australia. He commented that Murray could emulate Sonny Bill Williams‘ successful transition from rugby league to union, contributing significantly to the game. Jones also made it clear that while Murray’s play style is different, his influence on the players can be significant.
Rugby Australia’s head, Hamish McLennan, has confirmed Murray as a target of their interest. McLennan stated their open interest in Murray comes without apologies and cited the freedom of the market, noting that Murray previously played rugby union. While Murray, much like his teammates in Souths, has recently been struggling with his form, his latest effort against the Knights saw 48 tackles executed. Nevertheless, his offensive game has been inconsistent since his State of Origin return.
Solly is hopeful that Murray will sign for a longer duration, envisioning him as a lifelong Rabbitoh. Since his debut in 2017, Murray’s participation for Souths has clocked 146 games. Solly described Murray as an excellent player and person growing into an exceptional leader. His consistent work ethic and strong values were acknowledged by Solly. Solly indicated no astonishment on Rugby Australia’s interest in Murray. Disclosing his wish to retain Murray at the club for the longest possible span, he added his plan to arrange further discussions with Murray’s agent. Solly believes Murray’s best days as a player and captain are yet to come.