Mur­phy’s got too big for his boots

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A TEENAGE rugby player has got too big for his boots — lit­er­ally.

Long­for­gan lad Mur­phy Walker, 14, may now have to quit the game as he is strug­gling to find boots big enough for his size 16 feet.

His footwear dilemma is all the more des­per­ate as his mother Pamela runs two shoe shops.

Mur­phy is 5ft 11ins but his gi­gan­tic feet are the same length as a rugby ball, at just over 12 inches.

The young­ster has gone up three sizes in a year and now must face quit­ting his sport un­less he can find an­other pair of boots.

He said: “I’m play­ing in size 15s but they’re a bit tight. I’ve prob­a­bly got a month left in them. We’ve tried ev­ery­thing.”

Mur­phy turns out as loose head prop for his school, Strathal­lan, and Dundee Ea­gles.

He added: “The Ea­gles have the league cup com­ing up. I’ll be gut­ted if I can’t play. I’ve been told feet stop grow­ing at size 20 so I don’t think I’m done yet!”

Any­one who can help find a pair of size 16 boots can call The Courier’s newsdesk on 01382 575130.

Pic­ture: Alan Richard­son.

Mur­phy Walker is a size 16.

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