Newcastle signing Daryl Murphy has given a belated thank you to Ipswich fans and an explanation as to why he left.

After well over 200 appearances for Ipswich, striker says he has great memories of his time at Portman Road and the fans were ‘fantastic’.

However, explaining why he felt he had to join Newcastle, Daryl Murphy said ‘…but opportunities to join a club of a stature of Newcastle don’t come along very often.’

Murphy is away with Ireland at the minute and was an unused substitute as they beat Oman 4-0 in a friendly, Ciaran Clark playing the full game.

Monday sees Ireland line up against Serbia in a World Cup qualifier in Belgrade, Aleksandar Mitrovic didn’t feature in the home squad originally announced but according to reports has now joined up with his international teammates.

Interesting to see how Rafa Benitez uses Daryl Murphy, with many Newcastle fans seeing him maybe regularly getting the last 20 or so minutes of games as Mitrovic tires.

Daryl Murphy:

“I would like to thank everyone at the Club for making me feel so welcome from the very first day I arrived there.

“I especially want to thank the fans. They were fantastic to me and I’ve got so many great memories from my time at Ipswich.

“I didn’t get the chance to thank the supporters before I left so I’d like to take that opportunity now.

“I couldn’t have asked for more support from everyone in my time there. It was a wrench to leave, it’s a great club, Ipswich, but opportunities to join a club of a stature of Newcastle don’t come along very often, especially at this stage of my career.

“I want to wish everyone at Ipswich the best and I hope it’s Newcastle and Ipswich that go up this year.”