Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gritty Lock a Key Man for Falcons

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Gritty Lock a Key Man for Falcons

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Byline: Steele Taylor steele.taylor@scnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: After spending most of the season sidelined by injury, inspirational lock Tom Murphy is intent on bolstering the Sunshine Coast Falcons when it matters most.

The state league side is among a swag of teams jostling for finals berths with six rounds remaining.

After struggling for several years, the Falcons are ninth of 14 teams this time around but just one point adrift of the top six.

"It's pretty important we win the next couple of games to keep our season alive. I want to play a massive part in that," Murphy said.

The 24-year-old, who has previously been labelled NRL material by Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy, missed the first 17 rounds of the year after undergoing shoulder surgery.

"Sitting on the sidelines has made me hungrier to get out there and do the best I can," he said.

He returned to action a fortnight ago and is getting back to his best.

"I'll be better for the two hit-outs I've had. …

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