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Ex-Blue Murphy Set to Return to Hometown Club
Saturday, 4th Jul 2020 13:11

Former Blues striker Daryl Murphy is set to return to his hometown club Waterford, ending his 15-year career in England and Scotland.

The 37-year-old is a free agent having left Bolton Wanderers, who he joined in September last year, following their relegation after League One was brought to an early end.

A return home comes as little surprise with his family having moved back to Waterford a number of years ago.

TWTD understands that Town were given the chance to re-sign Murphy for what would have been a fifth spell last summer - he had previously been on loan on three occasions prior to his three-year permanent spell between 2013 and 2016 - but manager Paul Lambert opted against the reunion.

Eventually, former loanee Will Keane was added to the squad on a one-year deal plus a one-year option the Blues ultimately didn’t exercise in May.

Former Republic of Ireland international Murphy, who netted 27 times for Town in the 2014/15 play-off season, was with Waterford when went on trial with the Blues and Sunderland in 2004/05, the striker deciding to join the Black Cats the following summer.

In addition to his spells with the Blues, the Wearsiders and Trotters, Murphy also spent time with Sheffield Wednesday (loan), Celtic, Newcastle and Nottingham Forest.

Already at Waterford is former Town keeper Brian Murphy, who also hails from the Munster city.

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rfretwell added 13:36 - Jul 4
Not sure what Murphs recent injury record has been but as it turned out with Keane Murphy could have been the better bet. So good in the air.

OwainG1992 added 13:41 - Jul 4
Murph on a 1 year deal last summer would have been a good deal all round.

Suffolkboy added 13:52 - Jul 4
Can only suppose PL and co were looking to possibly construct a unit to last and grow together over more than just one season ; as DM was probably judged to be destined to either retire or return to family in Ireland .
Can’t remember injuries proving a problem in his year helping out at BW ,and certainly had the bulk, physicality and knowledge of the game to still do a good job .
Wish him well for the future !

algarvefan added 14:23 - Jul 4
A good player for us in his time, such a shame Burley couldn't get him earlier in his career when he went to Sunderland I believe. We need a strong target man still, he would have been a better bet last season than Keane.
All the best Daryl for the future.

Linkboy13 added 14:53 - Jul 4
We are really missing that big lump up front at the moment a player that can really give defenders a hard time . Norwood and Jackson have both done ok with very little help from a poor midfield and a lack of width apart from KVY.

BlueandTruesince82 added 16:37 - Jul 4
We should have taken him last year. . Would have added the physicality we needed. Scored 8 for an odds and sods Bolton side who were doomed from the off, imagine what he might have done in blue

Cakeman added 19:09 - Jul 4
Time catches up with all of us. He’s had a good career at a very good level. The last out and out number nine we have had and I doubt we will have another one with the same quality again.
Hope he has a good future whatever path he now takes, he certainly did us proud.

PortmanTerrorist added 21:22 - Jul 4
He may have been past his best but he would have proved an invaluable role model to our inconsistent bunch this past season.

Grateful we had him at all! Safe journey home Murph!

rugbytomc added 21:24 - Jul 4
That’s that put to bed then. Still think we need a target man just to offer something different. Keane just wasn’t it. Wonder if Drinan could be that man and save us some money

dirtydingusmagee added 08:53 - Jul 5
good luck to him , did us proud. We are unlikely to see likes of him again, Jackson is a trier, but not lethal, Norwood is an injury prone loose cannon, did not come near to meeting the expectations many had of him,and i doubt he will in future. We need to be rid of unreliable's, we have hung on to too many in the past, no good have a good player one week for them to spend the next 6 with the physio , Bishop a prime example .

heathen66 added 11:31 - Jul 5
Good Luck in the Future Daryl
We have never really replaced Murphy as a Target man, however apart from the one season he scored 27 goals Murphy has never been prolific...anywhere !!!
We had the ideal replacement in Moore, but due to McCarthys stubbornness at someone proving him wrong we again gave him away, just to make himself look good making a profit.
Also credit should go to Roy Keane for bringing him to our club in the first place (not sure that will go down well on this forum :-)
As I said 'Good Luck Daryl, I hope the future works out well for you'...and Thanks for you efforts during your time with us...It was and still is appreciated !!!

AlexGreen added 16:53 - Jul 5
@portmanterrorist - an invaluable role model? Is that before or after her served his ban for doing coke?

AlexGreen added 16:57 - Jul 5
@rugbytomc Drinian is 22 now and has yet to score a goal at any level in English football - I'm not sure he's the answer.

brian_a_mul added 21:59 - Jul 5
Best of luck Murphs! a super player on his day.

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