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Flanked by West Coast Eagles staff, Murray Newman walks free from the Wandoo Reintegration Facility in Murdoch.
Flanked by West Coast Eagles staff, Murray Newman walks free from the Wandoo Reintegration Facility in Murdoch. Picture: Michael O'Brien' The West Australian

Troubled Eagles' youngster Murray Newman remained tight-lipped as he walked out of prison this morning.

The 20-year-old said nothing as he was escorted by Eagles staff out of Wandoo Reintegration Facility in Murdoch at about 8.30am.

Newman served six months of a one year prison term he received for fracturing the jaw of Brett Marris outside the Library nightclub in November 2012.

During the District Court trial, Newman's defence lawyer argued he had been immature and encountering problems with his fledgling football career at the time of the offence but had "buckled down" for the club.

Judge John Staude queried the defence's submissions that Newman was remorseful and that his behaviour had been an aberration, with the judge pointing to the repeated challenges for a fight made by the player online before the assault despite his victim telling him to go away.

Newman said he didn't mean messages he sent on social media to his victim in the days leading up to the assault that said he would not stop until he hurt Mr Marris and suggesting his target start digging a grave.

The Eagles have indicated they will retain Newman on their rookie list for 2015, but the 2011 No.23 draft pick will not immediately return to training at the club.

Prior to his release, the Eagle's asked Newman to stick to an individually-tailored fitness program.

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