Carlton star Bryce Gibbs says both he and Marc Murphy have been assured they won’t be traded by the rebuilding Blues.
The futures of the pair have been widely speculated on since the embattled club made it clear a lengthy rebuilding phase was the way out of their current crisis.
But Gibbs said a high level meeting with senior club officials, including beleaguered coach Mick Malthouse, had provided some clarity.
“What I will tell you is that the club sat us down a couple of weeks ago, both me and Marc, and said that were not going anywhere,” Gibbs told SEN radio on Saturday, the day after the Blues slumped to a 77-point loss to Geelong.
“We’ve committed to the footy club, the footy club’s committed to both of us and were going to be here for the next few years.”
With the Blues anchored to the bottom of the ladder after eight rounds, speculation has swirled around the future of Malthouse, who is steadfastly refusing to walk away from the club.
Gibbs labelled some efforts this season “pathetic” and while he was unable to put his finger on the reasons behind Carlton’s on-field woes, he said conjecture over Malthouse’s future was not one of them.
“I’m not too worried about that to be honest,” he said.
“We’ve just got to keep trying to win games of footy – that’s all we can do.
“We can’t control too much what happens with that.
“I can’t see that it has a massive bearing on us – it’s more just us not getting the job done on game day.”
Gibbs has come in for heavy criticism for his role in Carlton’s disappointing season and he didn’t absolve himself of blame.
“I’m extremely disappointed with the way I’ve been going about my footy,” he said.
“I need to do something about it.”