Growing up in a family of dedicated South Sydney supporters, Cam Murray, the youngest player in the full time Rabbitohs squad, has never known anything but Red and Green.
His father Corey Murray played twelve first grade games for South Sydney and his sister Bryanna Murray currently plays in the inaugural Rabbitohs Tarsha Gale Cup team.
Cam Murray’s decision to play for the Rabbitohs was an easy one, following in the footsteps of his father.
“I am like my dad,” Cam told the Rabbitohs Media team.
“I grew up with it in my blood. I have always been a South Sydney supporter and have always lived in the area.
“I have only played in the South Sydney junior’s comps, which has meant that the Rabbitohs have always been a part of my life and a part of my family, this makes it a privilege to be in the position I am in now.”
Cam’s dad Corey, a former South Sydney five-eighth, played in a difficult time for the Club but says he wouldn’t have traded it for anything. He recounts his greatest memory as a 52-20 defeat over the North Sydney Bears in 1992.
“I played in the early nineties, we struggled as a team,” Corey said.
“But I remember particularly my debut, the game was a lot quicker than I had ever experienced before and up until then I had been comfortable on a football field.
“I really enjoyed my experience, it was incredible, a really great bunch of guys and it was a really good time.”
The Murray footy bloodline doesn’t stop there with Cam’s sister, Bryanna, also donning the red and green. Bryanna is part of the South Sydney Rabbitohs first women’s team, representing the Club in the U18 Girl’s Tarsha Gale Cup.
Not only does Bryanna believe it is a privileged to play for the side in a women’s competition but also sees the opportunity as a special one, representing the same Club as her brother and father.
“It’s a new experience and I’m really enjoying it,” Bryanna explained.
“It’s great to follow in dad and Cameron’s footsteps. We are a bit up and down this season but again it is very new to all of us so hopefully next year we can really give it our best shot.
“I always feel like he (Cam) has always been at a higher level so it’s great to see him finally pushing through, breaking through and making a name for himself now.”
The relationship between the Murray siblings is strong with both players proud of each other’s journeys and achievements thus far.
“It came as a surprise to me,” described Cam of his sister’s announcement of joining the Souths team.
“One day I came home and Bryanna told me that she was playing for South Sydney in the under 18’s.
“It was a bit of a shock to me but I have only been able to get to, I think, one game this season because of my busy schedule but it’s really good to see her having fun running around playing the game she has been a supporter for on the sideline for the first sixteen years of her life.”
As a supporter since his childhood, Cam has come to idolise some of the South Sydney players who he now has the opportunity to play alongside.
“I’ve been watching ever since I was a little kid, so it’s a bit weird for me but I have to ignore it a little bit just to put yourself on the same level because that’s what I’m pushing for at the end of the day a spot next to them on the football field.
“It is inspiring and I do use it as motivation but I also try to hide my emotions a bit and try to keep it simple for myself just to give myself the best chance to get next to them on the footy field.”
Cam has been dedicated to South Sydney since his birth and now is in a unique situation of being involved in the Club through supporting and playing.
“It’s good to be a part of a successful traditional team who have been around since the beginning of rugby league. I love playing for a team with so much history, it is very motivational and inspiring to be able for such great supporters of this great Club.”