Waterford native signs for hometown club as new season kicks off tonight
Waterford FC has confirmed another key signing ahead of tonight League of Ireland season opener.
Waterford native Brian Murphy will return to his home city from Cardiff City after spending most of his career in the UK, where he spent most of career with Manchester City, Swansea, Ipswich Town, QPR and Portsmouth,
The 36-year-old last played in the League of Ireland back in 2009, when he spent two years with Bohemian FC.
Murphy said he was delighted to be back in his hometown and was looking forward to his new challenge.
He told WaterfordFC.ie: “It’s good to be here first and foremost. It’s been a long time since I’ve been home, so to be able to come back and play for Waterford in the latter stage of my career is an exciting prospect.
“It’s a brand new team. I know Rennie [coach Alan Reynolds] has been working hard behind the scenes to put a squad together. Games will prove how good or bad we really are. There’s a few new lads in, including myself, so it’ll take a bit of time for us all to get to know each other.
“Football takes care of itself. The ball, the lines on pitches, the grass, it’s all the same so it just down to us to get to know each other and get some good results for the club. The opportunity to come back and play some football is exciting. Myself and the family were always going to come back, and now I’m only 10 minutes out the road which is great.
“I always think that if you’re happy in your personal life, football and work will follow suit so I’m happy to be back. The last time I played in the league my record spoke for itself. It’s going to be a challenge. We need everyone to stick together.
“The players, the management and the fans, if we all stick together we could have a very good year. I don’t think it’s unrealistic right now for us to set ourselves the target of Europe. It’s a long season so I don’t see why we shouldn’t be aiming for that. Hopefully, we can hit the ground running and get a good result on Friday.”
Coach Alan Reynolds described Murphy as “a great signing for us”, adding: “He’s going to bring a lot of experience into our defence third. He’s been around long enough to know what he takes to dig out results, so I’m delighted to have added him to the squad.”
Reynolds said he is very happy with his revamped squad as the new season gets underway.
He added: “We’ve a really good group of lads with us this year. Everyone is working hard in training and all the lads are hungry to get going now on Friday. We have had a good preseason, and some really good challenges against the teams we have played. Like Brian has said, if we all stick together we could have a great season.”