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Adam McNicol  May 1, 2013 12:11 PM

Player Ratings: No.8 Carlton captain Marc Murphy is number 8 in the Official AFL Player Ratings
CARLTON skipper Marc Murphy has been one of the Blues' most consistent performers since being selected by the club with the first pick in the 2005 NAB AFL Draft.

In the past couple of seasons, Murphy has won a best and fairest and been selected in the All Australian team.

Official AFL Players Ratings: full coverage

And the 25-year-old's standing in the game has been confirmed by the Official AFL Player Ratings, brought to you by Vero, in which Murphy sat at No.8 after round four.

Murphy ranks highly in several key categories that are considered when calculating a player's rating, but the key to his position in the ratings is his long-term consistency.

Champion Data's statistics show that since 2011 Murphy has been one of the top 20 ball-winners in the competition and has the fourth-highest percentage of disposals in the forward half.

In addition, his kicking efficiency of 64.3 per cent ranks fourth among the top 20 ball-winners.

"He's an elite runner, elite ball user and is able to score heavily too," Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich told AFL.com.au.



The Official AFL Player Ratings will be launched on Thursday, May 9.

The ratings are the result of the most sophisticated, detailed and wide-ranging statistical system ever devised for AFL footy, Official AFL Player ratings will allow fans to determine where more than 650 listed players rank against each other.

A player's most recent 40 matches are used in the calculation of his rating.

If you are keen to find out exactly how the ratings work, you can read the initial FAQ here.

In the meantime, we are counting down to launch with a series of exclusive videos in which the top-rated players are discussed and analysed by those with a unique insight into their genius – their opponents.

On Monday another star Carlton midfielder, Chris Judd, was revealed as No.10, then on Tuesday Sydney Swans dynamo Josh Kennedy was unveiled as No.9.

Murphy is the third cab off the rank.

"He's a beautiful finisher and kicks a lot of great, really classy goals," Brisbane Lions veteran Simon Black said.

Added Richmond captain Trent Cotchin: "He's so damaging because he's always forward of the ball."

Make sure you log onto AFL.com.au on Thursday to find out which player is No.7.

* The top 10 that we are counting down in the lead-up to the launch of the Official AFL Player Ratings, brought to you by Vero, is how it stood after round four of this season.