A-League clubs eye NPL rising star after record-breaking season

A record-breaking season in front of goal could soon catapult APIA Leichhardt Tigers striker Jordan Murray out of the NPL NSW and into the A-League with a handful of clubs taking a strong interest in the talented youngster.

Jordan Murray

APIA striker Jordan Murray (C) is hot property with a number of A-League clubs looking to sign the record breaking front man. Source: Getty Images

The 22-year-old has given potential A-League suitors reason to sit up and take notice with an incredible four-goal haul last weekend, including a first-half hat-trick, to take his goal tally to 23 for the campaign and break the record for most goals in an NPL NSW season.  

His exploits have caught the attention of various clubs in the A-League and abroad, with his agent receiving a number of calls expressing interest in signing Murray.

Murray’s clinical finishing has helped APIA to the cusp of back-to-back premiership titles with the marksman telling The World Game that breaking the state league goal scoring record is just the beginning of what he has to offer. 

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"My form this season has given me the confidence to really take my game to the next level and I think I have shown enough to prove I have the skills to play professionally,” Murray said.

"It has been my dream to play in the A-League and I feel more motivated than ever before to make it a reality.

"At the start of this season for APIA, I made the decision to work even harder on my game and it’s an incredible feeling to know A-League clubs are taking notice.

"I am so proud of breaking the NPL record, but It is only the beginning for me. I think I still have some way to go to reach my potential."

The Wollongong product’s meteoric rise shares a number or similarities to former APIA teammate Blake Powell’s promotion to the A-League.



A haul of 21 goals from 14 NPL games helped Powell, a Sydney FC youth product, earn a contract with the Wellington Phoenix.

An electrician by day, who drives from his Wollongong home four times a week to play and train at APIA’s Lambert Park base in Sydney’s inner-west, Murray is confident he will be able to swap his work boots for football boots full-time sooner rather than later.

“Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to play football at the highest level so the potential of that becoming a reality excites me,” he said. 

“The prospect of full-time training and forging a career playing the game I love is what inspires me every day.

"I’ve never had the opportunity to devote all my time to football and I believe in a professional set-up I would be able to truly make the jump as a player."

If signed by an A-League club, Murray would be the third NPL player snapped up this season after Dylan Wenzel-Halls at Brisbane Roar and Matthew Millar at Central Coast Mariners.

A number of NPL players are also on trial at Wellington Phoenix, including Jacob Tratt and Andre De Jong. 


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Published 1 August 2018 at 10:05am
By Nick Houghton