Essendon player Lovett-Murray stabbed in Melbourne

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Nathan Lovett Murray. SOURCE: The AGE

The Age Online

Essendon footballer Nathan Lovett-Murray is in hospital after being stabbed in Melbourne’s north on Tuesday.

Police confirmed that a 30-year-old Pascoe Vale man was attacked in Reservoir during a domestic incident.

Emergency services went to a house in Wright Street just after 10pm after a fight between three men.

The 30-year-old was allegedly stabbed in one of his arms and was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, a police spokeswoman said.

Police searched another house in Reservoir on Wednesday morning and arrested two people.

A 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Reservoir, are assisting police with inquiries.

The stabbed man was in a stable condition on Wednesday morning, a Royal Melbourne hospital spokeswoman said.

Lovett-Murray has played one game this season and has spoken of his plans for his post-football career.

He was expected to line up in the Dreamtime game against Richmond on Saturday night, the centrepiece of the AFL indigenous round, which celebrates the contribution of Aboriginal footballers to the code.

He has created Payback Records, a recording label for indigenous artists. He told Fairfax Media last year that he also wanted to enter sports management.

‘‘I’m looking at managing and mentoring indigenous athletes, but I also want to be more involved with the footy club, with the indigenous programs they run here and some welfare stuff they do here at the club,’’ he said.

Essendon chief executive Ian Robson is expected to hold a press conference at 9.45am.

Lovett-Murray has played 143 games for the Bombers since his debut in 2004. His contract was extended at the end of last year.

Speaking of the contract renewal, manager Peter Jess, said Lovett-Murray offered more than just football smarts.

”The footy club have given him another 12 months and supported his indigenous mentoring program,mentoring young indigenous footballers in the community, regarding lifestyle and employment and a range of life outcomes, and ensures they can get the best for themselves.”

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