Collingwood wishes to provide an update relating to player Nathan Murphy who has been permitted to return to the football field in 2024.

Collingwood Executive General Manager of Football Graham Wright said:

“Nathan’s health and wellbeing remains our absolute priority.

“Nathan suffered a concussion late in the first quarter of the Grand Final and following this incident – combined with his medical history – the Club together with Nathan and his family, engaged with concussion specialists and the expert concussion medical panel convened by the AFL to assess a return to play.

“At the conclusion of this process, the expert concussion medical panel convened by the AFL determined that Nathan was able to return to playing football in the elite AFL competition.”

The Club Doctor, Nathan and his parents appeared before the Collingwood Football Club Board last week and the Board - on the basis of the recommendations of the medical concussion panel convened by the AFL, recommendation of the Club Doctor and awareness and acceptance of risk associated with future concussions confirmed by Nathan and his parents - agreed on those bases that Nathan should be able to continue his career as a player at Collingwood.

“The health and welfare of all athletes at Collingwood remains paramount and any incidence of concussion will continue to be managed appropriately and in line with the AFL’s current concussion guidelines,” Wright said.