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Murphy: Town the Right Club at the Right Time
Murphy: Town the Right Club at the Right Time
Wednesday, 6th Jan 2010 15:26

New keeper Brian Murphy says Town are the right club for him at the right time, having turned down the chance to move back to England on a couple of previous occasions. The 26-year-old, who has signed an 18-month contract after leaving League of Ireland champions Bohemians, was with Manchester City and Swansea and had loans at Peterborough and Oldham during his previous spell in English football.

Murphy told the club site: "It was a pretty easy decision to come back once I knew Ipswich were interested. It was the right club at the right time, what with the size of the club and the manager that is here as well. Once I was told there was firm interest from Ipswich, it was an exciting thought.

"I had one or two chances to come back to England over the last couple of years but I didn't think it was right for me at that time. I didn't enjoy the last six to eight months of my time playing in the English league with Swansea. I probably lost a bit of love for the game and it was best that I went back home to Ireland.

"I enjoyed my three years with Bohemians and did quite well. I think I rebuilt my career there and hopefully I can push on from here and win the respect of everyone at Ipswich."

Murphy started his first career in England with Manchester City’s youth set-up as a 16-year-old, during which time he spent spells on loan at Oldham and Peterborough. While at London Road, he made his first senior appearance in his only game for the Posh.

In 2003, after three years with City, Murphy moved on to Swansea, where he made 18 appearances before returning to Ireland and Bohemians in 2007.

Capped by the Republic of Ireland at U19, U20 and U21 levels, the 6ft 1in tall keeper received his first senior call into the squad for the World Cup play-off games with France but is yet to win a full cap. The call-up came on the same day as his move to Town was confirmed and Bohemians secured their second successive League of Ireland title.

In 2008 the Waterford-born glovesman was named the FAI League of Ireland Player of the Year.

You can hear an extensive interview with Murphy on Waterford's WLRFM carried out shortly after news of his move to the Blues was confirmed here.

Photo: ITFC

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mediamatt added 15:34 - Jan 6
sounds like he has a good attitude with the "win the respect " bit.
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SouperJim added 15:37 - Jan 6
No disrespect to L-B, who has been superb, but it'll be nice to have someone between the sticks who isn't punching well above their weight.
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PablosRightBoot added 15:37 - Jan 6
There is a photo available on the official website that could have been used here surely?
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PhilTWTD added 15:39 - Jan 6
Such as the one I was in the process of resizing Mr RightBoot!
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Marshalls_Mullet added 15:52 - Jan 6
"In 2003, after three years at Eastlands, Murphy moved on to Swansea, where he made 18 appearances before returning to Ireland and Bohemians in 2007."

3 years at Maine Road methinks!!
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im_marcacus added 15:52 - Jan 6
He's got Jim Magilton's forehead
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Marshalls_Mullet added 15:54 - Jan 6
I hope he does really well, but a pretty poor CV in reality.

Still hope that Wrighty comes back strong!!
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PablosRightBoot added 15:57 - Jan 6
Thats Pablo to you haha
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PhilTWTD added 16:11 - Jan 6
marhsallsmullet

Good point! Will amend.
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Marshalls_Mullet added 16:16 - Jan 6
Sorry for being a pedant Phil!! A pedant would probably also notice the typo in my username!!
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jas0999 added 16:34 - Jan 6
Good luck to him! Hope he does well - ALB would be hard done by to lose his place though!
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BeattiesBeerGut added 16:41 - Jan 6
Agreed, was worried when Begovic left (thought he was immense) but LB has done really well...deserves to keep his place for now.
Good to have a bit of competition though.
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muhrensleftfoot added 18:10 - Jan 6
He looks, and sounds like Father Dougal (listened to the interview on WLRFM)
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Tractorog added 18:54 - Jan 6
@muhrensleftboot:
"Do you think so, Ted?"
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jas0999 added 18:55 - Jan 6
BeattiesBeerGut
Agreed. Competition is good.
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BlueBadger added 19:04 - Jan 6
"No disrespect to L-B, who has been superb, but it'll be nice to have someone between the sticks who isn't punching well above their weight."

Is the LOI equivalent to CCC/PL level now?
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Dowson added 19:21 - Jan 6
good luck you will need it with some of our fans :L
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petermorris added 19:44 - Jan 6
Good point DOWSONxXxxX etc. Where are all the idiots going on about RK "getting a load of Irish in" ??? Have they all decided to shut up now that things are gelling a bit?
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Hamish1979 added 20:19 - Jan 6
Admittedly I've only seen ALB play against Palace but I thought he looked way out of his depth in that game. It looked like he had been specifically told "don't come off your line, you're not good enough to do that." I hope this guy has a bit more about him. Welcome Mr. Murphy
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Hamish1979 added 20:22 - Jan 6
P.S. Phil. I don't understand your use of Capital letters In your Headline titles. Is This a journalist Quirk to bring about EMPHASIS of the main story Points?
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virginblue added 20:37 - Jan 6
Hamish1979

Basic English my friend.
I was taught to do that when I wad about 6.
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virginblue added 20:40 - Jan 6
How do you edit a post on an iPhone.
Bloody f£&king typo.
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dirtydingusmagee added 21:48 - Jan 6
ha ha virginblue ! which reminds me ,what happened to CGS anyone ? i lost my pooter for three weeks and have noticed on my return he has disappeared !
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jesus added 22:53 - Jan 6
good luck. sounds like a good un.
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FormerlyCGS added 23:36 - Jan 6
im here dingus! got back from vegas a coupledays ago,had a week completely away from football, well weird wen i got back! Well happy with the way things are goin. I went to the palace ipswich match everyone!
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