Carlton's Marc Murphy is set to become a dad again in what is shaping up to be a momentous 2021 for the 285-game AFL veteran.
Murphy is just 15 games short of his 300-game milestone, which would make him just the sixth player in Carlton's history to reach the incredible landmark.
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The one-club legend, who began his career with the Blues in 2006, has more reasons to cherish 2021, with he and wife Jessie announcing that they're set to have another child.
The Murphys are already parents to three-year-old son Max, who is set to have a little sister later in the year.
The Carlton great, 33, and his wife both shared the wonderful news on Instagram on Monday night.
"Can’t wait to meet our little girl," Marc wrote with Jessie similarly posting: "We can’t wait to meet you baby girl".
Jessie's post alone has received more than 19,000 likes on her page, with fans and members of the AFL community sending the couple their well-wishes.
AFL WAGs Bec Judd, Nadia Bartel and Julie Neale were among those to congratulate the Murphys on their wonderful news, as well as model Megan Gale.
Jessie revealed to the Herald Sun last year that she and her husband wanted to grow their family.
“I’d hate for him (Max) to be an only child," she said.
“Marc and I both have other siblings. But we’ll space them out.
“Get used to having one first, master that and then move on.”
Marc admitted to the Herald Sun that since having their first child, it's changed his perspective on life and footy.
"Certainly having Max, I don’t think about football as much," he said.
"You think about the game and (then) he forces you to think about other things. If you don’t give him the proper attention, he’ll throw a football in your face."
Debt-free Blues also have cause to celebrate
Murphy's Blues also have reason to celebrate after this week announcing they are debt-free for the first time in 25 years.
Carlton on Monday said they have set a new club membership record and will no longer require financial assistance from the league.
Eradicating debt was one of 10 "key targets" outlined in a strategic plan unveiled by the club in 2019.
"To clear almost $7 million of debt in just three years is an incredible effort by our board, made even more incredible when you consider the challenges of 2020," Carlton CEO Cain Liddle said.
"It's been a total unified club effort, by our board, our players, our staff, our members and our commercial partners and sponsors."
Carlton have 67,036 members signed for 2021, with bold off-season recruiting fuelling supporters' expectations of a sharp rise towards finals contention during coach David Teague's second full season at the helm.
The new membership figure has eclipsed the club record set last year - more than six weeks out from the traditional season opener against Richmond.
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