Murray realises childhood Souths dream
Cameron Murray bleeds red and green.
That's why his NRL debut was a dream come true despite being on the wrong end of a 25-24 scoreline against the Broncos in Round 8.
The Rabbitohs rookie was always destined to represent South Sydney from the moment he followed in his father's footsteps and started playing for the Mascot Jets before his fifth birthday.
Murray quickly graduated through the ranks, starting the 2016 season playing SG Ball before he moved up to the NYC and then finished the year in the Intrust Super Premiership running out for the North Sydney Bears.
"I've always been a Souths supporter growing up so it just made it that much more special to debut in the red and green," Murray said.
"It was a very special and emotional night for me. It was a dream come true, really. It would have been better to top it off with a win but that's how it goes and I'm just trying to improve my game and put my best foot forward for the team.
"It was a bit bittersweet. Like I said, it would have been great to get the win, but to see so much family and friends there, I was very grateful to have that support base there."
After a heartbreaking loss against the Broncos, Murray churned out 31 minutes as the Bunnies endured a crippling defeat at the hands of Manly to fall to 3-6 before the Rep Round break.
"There's always a bit of emotion swirling about on the back of a few losses but I just try to do my own thing and do whatever I can to get the team back on a winning streak," he said.
"I got thrown in there when we were down by a few points so I just tried to narrow my focus and do my job for the team. There wasn't too much that I could do personally, but I just tried to put my best foot forward and help the team."
The Rabbitohs might be going through a form slump at the moment, but Murray returned to a winning environment last week as part of the Junior Kangaroos' squad that downed the Junior Kiwis 46-22 in the nation's capital.
Murray – who made the Australian Schoolboys side in 2015 and represented the NSW under-18s and 16s – ran for 93 metres and made 28 tackles in a solid 80-minute showing in the Anzac Test curtain-raiser.
"We put quite a score on them so it probably didn't reflect just how hard the game was," he said.
"It was probably my first 80 minutes in the middle this year so it was probably one of the hardest games I've played this year. I was just really proud to represent my country and put a good win on for them."