MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Robert Murphy of the Bulldogs looks dejected after losing the round 21 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy has named a surprise candidate as his tip for the Brownlow Medal.

Murphy, who hosts SEN’s Bob and Andy drivetime show has tipped Collingwood’s Darcy Moore for the Brownlow Medal.

“Mine is a tip in hope as much as anything,” Murphy told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“It’s time for a change. Darcy Moore. It’s time. It’s not just about the midfield bulls and contested possessions.”

Moore would become the first defender since Gavin Wanganeen in 1993 to win the prestigious medal which has predominately been awarded to midfielders.

Moore would also need to quadruple his performance from last season where he was awarded just six votes in arguably his best season to date.

The 25-year-old averaged 13.2 disposals, 4.83 marks and 3.67 rebounding 50s per game.

If he were to win the Brownlow he would follow in the footsteps of his father, Peter, who won the Brownlow in 1979 and 1984.

Nine Collingwood players have won the award – Syd Coventry (1927), Albert Collier (1929), Harry Collier (1930), Marcus Whelan (1939), Des Fothergill (1940), Len Thompson (1972), Peter Moore (1979, 84), Nathan Buckley (2003) and Dane Swan (2011) since its inception in 1924.