Murray hurries to prove worth to Wolves

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Jordan Murray (right) played for Bulli in the Illawarra Mercury Premier League grand final in 2013. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Jordan Murray (right) played for Bulli in the Illawarra Mercury Premier League grand final in 2013. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

It took less than a minute for Jordan Murray to remind the South Coast Wolves why they wanted him back at the club in 2014.

With the Wolves leading tentatively at 2-1, the young attacker showed poise beyond his years in his first-grade debut to score the decisive goal of the Wolves' memorable 6-1 win over Manly United on Saturday.

Murray's turn and snap put Nahuel Arrarte's men on track to record their first win of the campaign and was a moment he and the club are not likely to forget in a hurry.

"It was the best feeling I have had, easily," Murray said after the match.

"Coming off that many losses, we have worked hard and put in the hard yards at training.

"To come on 20 minutes [on Saturday], I couldn't thank the coach enough.

"I came to training on Thursday and Jasper [under-20s coach Jason Spencer] told me I might be playing. It was probably the happiest day of my life to be told that."

Humbled by the opportunity, Murray's gratitude to his coach after the match was well and truly reciprocated.

The result gave Arrarte his first win in charge of South Coast.

"It is massive for a young kid to come on and let alone score one goal, score two. It is awesome," Arrarte said.

"He followed our instructions and his attitude has been fantastic as well.

"Full credit to him."

Murray, who finished with a brace on Saturday, could get the opportunity to start for the first time on Wednesday night, with Ricky Zucco set to sit out the Wolves' Waratah Cup clash with Sutherland Sharks at Macedonia Park through suspension.

It would mark a rapid rise for the speedy frontman, who only returned for the Wolves's under-20s earlier this year after playing with Illawarra Premier League high-flyers Bulli for the past two seasons.

He said the decision to come back was one he "couldn't deny" and after just one appearance it appears to have already paid dividends.

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