MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Robert Murphy of the Bulldogs celebrates during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs club great Bob Murphy is set to take up a behind-the-scenes role with Justin Longmuir's Fremantle side over the off-season.

According to's Mitch Cleary, the 39-year-old, who has been out of the game for four years now, is set to take up a role at the Dockers not too dissimilar to that of Nick Maxwell's at Collingwood.

Speaking on his SEN afternoon show Bob & Andy, Murphy ran through the finer details of his new role.

"The job is head of football operations and performance," Murphy said lightheartedly.

"[I am] a conduit between lots of different departments, one of those being AFLW, high performance, development."

Murphy explained that despite enjoying being on the outside looking in at the footballing world, the "pull" of the AFL convinced him to join Fremantle.

"The magnetic pull of footy just got stronger and stronger," Murphy said.

"I've loved [the SEN team] and the little world we've built."

The 312-game veteran spent 18 years at Whitten Oval, with his silkiness by foot and consistent performances making him one of the most revered figures the Western Bulldogs have ever had.

Murphy cruelly missed out on the side's 2016 drought-breaking premiership win due to an ACL injury earlier that year, however was gifted Luke Beveridge's medal on the podium post-match.

He will be surrounded by former teammates in Perth, with club CEO Simon Garlick and defensive coach Matthew Boyd both waiting to welcome Murphy through the door.