Western Bulldogs player Matthew Boyd.
Western Bulldogs player Matthew Boyd. JULIAN SMITH

Boyd vows to savour the moment, not focus on future

AFL: Veteran Matthew Boyd says his future will not be on his mind if the Western Bulldogs break their 62-year premiership drought against the Sydney Swans on Saturday.

Boyd, 34, an All-Australian this year, is still to have talks on a new contract for next season, despite coach Luke Beveridge saying earlier this month he would be offered a new deal for 2017.

The defender said next year would be the furthest thing from his mind if the Dogs did overcome the Swans.

"If we have a win this week I don't think I'll be thinking much about what's going on next week or next year,” Boyd told radio station RSN927.

"I think I'll just enjoy savouring the moment, but it's not a bad way to go out if you do go out winning a premiership.”

Boyd was also full of praise for injured skipper Robert Murphy, who has been sidelined since rupturing his left anterior cruciate ligament in round three against Hawthorn.

Murphy, 34, was in tears after the Dogs' six-point preliminary final success over the Giants on Saturday at Spotless Stadium.

"Bob and I embraced on the ground and he was visibly emotional, as he should be. There was tears of happiness, too, and I think that was part of his emotions,” Boyd said.

"He was so happy for the group and he's been such a huge support throughout the whole time.

"It was a terrible way to finish his season early in the year with a knee injury and then to watch the team go on to make a grand final.

"It could be very difficult for some and clearly it's difficult for Bob at times, but he's nothing but supportive.

"He wants nothing but the best for this footy club.”


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