Bulldogs skipper Wood ‘hasn’t shown much as a forward’ – Murphy

SEN - Wed, 14th Mar 2018 - 0 Comments

Former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy believes his successor Easton Wood should move back to defence, but he expects the club to stick with his experimentation as a forward.

The 2015 All-Australian has spent both JLT games in the forward line, struggling for impact, amassing just seven disposals against Hawthorn, and five disposals and two goals against Collingwood.

Murphy told SEN Breakfast he is yet to be convinced that the experiment is working, and says the 28-year-old is far better suited in his natural role.

“I would be shifting him back. I don’t know if there’s a better marking defender, intercept player when he’s at his best, in the competition,” he said.

“He hasn’t shown much as a forward yet, anything at all really in the JLT. He’s had a couple of pretty quiet weeks, but I think they’re going to hold the line with it.”

Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon also agreed with Murphy that Wood needed to move back, but wasn’t disappointed by the Bulldogs experimentation.

“I like the experimentation. I like having a look at them, but I don’t think it works,” he said.

“I too would put him back.”

The club’s 2017 first round draft pick Aaron Naughton has been impressive in his role as an intercept defender during the JLT Series, and Murphy expects him to debut in their season opener against Greater Western Sydney on March 25, in Canberra.