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Sydney Airport Jets Head Coach Colin Murphy has been nominated as Marrickville Council Citizen of the Year for 2005. The award is open to residents of the Marrickville local government area who have made outstanding contributions to the community. It is understood that Colin was nominated by a group of residents of the Marrickville Council area.
Colin was a talented Newtown junior who entered the Jets? senior grade ranks in 1975 at 16 years of age. He played with Newtown from 1975-1983, in which time he won the First Grade Best & Fairest and Clubman of the Year awards.
He coached the Newtown Metropolitan Cup reserve grade side from 1992-93, and the Metropolitan Cup first grade side from 1994-97, with this side winning an unequalled hat-trick of premierships from 1995-97. He has been the Jets NSWRL Premier League Head Coach (formerly NSWRL First Division) from 2000 to the present day.
He is generally regarded as the most successful coach in the club?s history, and is universally admired for his fierce loyalty and uncompromising professionalism. Murphy is a worthy nomination for this community award on the basis of his enormous contribution to an organisation that is such an integral part of the social fabric of inner-western Sydney.