AFL star Luke Dahlhaus has taken out from his end of season overseas holiday to bite back at criticism from former Western Bulldogs teammate and captain Bob Murphy.
It comes after Murphy recently publicly questioned the departing Bulldogs midfielder’s lack of motivation in the two seasons since the club won the 2016 premiership- its first in 62 years.
It sparked a war of words in a series of Instagram posts from Dahlhaus on Sunday.
‘How unmotivating is this? I feel so unmotivated,’ he can be heard saying in one video filmed on a beach in Europe.
‘Wow, I feel so motivated,’ Luke Dahlhaus (left) posted on Instagram with this photo on a European beach with Western Bulldogs star Tom Liberatore (right)
Murphy singled out Dahlhaus’ form in recent seasons during an SEN radio earlier this month.
‘I think a few of them, in 2017, took their eye off the ball,’ Murphy said.
‘I think Luke would put his hand up to say that he maybe wasn’t as dedicated or hungry as he’d been the years before. He still does play like that, but the last two years, it’s been shaded a little bit and not what it was.’
The Bulldogs finished 10th in 2017 and 13th this season.
Dahlhaus kicked two goals in 17 games in 2018.
He is currently holidaying in Europe with Bulldogs teammate Tom Liberatore.
312-game Western Bulldogs legend Bob Murphy with wife Justine
He hit back at Murphy’s comments by posting a series of Instagram posts about his apparent lack of motivation.
‘I swear when I woke up after 2016 I was just so unmotivated. F*****g hell, I wish I was listening to SEN. Holy f*** that shoe is so unmotivating. It must have been made in 2016,’ one video filmed on a beach.
He also posted a photo of him and Liberatore on the beach, captioned ‘Wow I feel so motivated.’
The Instagram posts and video has since been deleted and Dahlhaus’ account has been turned to private.
Luke Dahlhaus (left) took to Instagram on Sunday to hit back comments by former teammate Bob Murphy in a damning Instagram post (pictured)
Dahlhaus recently asked to leave the Bulldogs and is tipped to join the Geelong Cats next season in the upcoming AFL Trade Period on a four-year deal reportedly worth $2 million.
Liberatore, who missed the 2018 season due to a ruptured ACL, is currently unsigned and may also be heading to a new club next season.
Murphy missed the Bulldogs’ drought-breaking 2016 premiership due to injury and retired at the end of 2017 season after 312 games and 183 goals.
Bob Murphy (second left) and Luke Dahlhaus (second right) in happier times
Bob Murphy criticised some of his former teammates on radio earlier this month. He’s pictured with wife Justine, son Jarvis and daughters Frankie and Deliliah after announcing his retirement last season