Daryl Murphy may have only started seven Championship matches this past season but he still describes it as a no-brainer to join Newcastle last summer.
Whilst loving is time at Ipswich, the striker says there ‘was only one choice I could make’ when Rafa Benitez asked him to move to Tyneside.
The only regret that Daryl Murphy has, is that it dropped Ipswich in it – the Irish international moving to St James Park on 28 August 2016, with no time for Mick McCarthy to bring in a replacement.
Even though he started so few league games, the striker certainly played his part.
Murphy started seven league games and scored five Championship goals and got an assist, plus eight more appearances off the bench. In addition he scored against Birmingham in the FA Cup.
Despite turning 34 during the season and most fans thinking he would be an ‘only here for one season if promoted’ player, his performances and mobility have suggested he could be useful as an option next season – even if only coming off the bench.
Daryl Murphy speaking to WLRFM radio station in Ireland:
“I think I recently said that it was no-brainer of a decision to go, it was, but it wasn’t a case that it was easy to leave Ipswich.
“I had some great, fond memories there – Mick McCarthy brought me over from England when I first came over with Sunderland, he signed me again at Ipswich and really looked after me.
“I had a good bond with the fans and everything there, so in that sense it was tough to leave…but if Newcastle come in for you at my age and at that stage of my career, there was only one choice I could make.
“I think he was upset because most of our play went through me, that’s not sounding big-headed or anything, that was just the way we played and we got great joy from it over the years.
“I think he was more upset at the timing of it, it didn’t really leave any time to get a replacement in and I think that was probably frustrating for him and the club.
“As I said, he’s been brilliant through my career, I can’t speak highly enough of him, but I just think it was time to move on and challenge myself again because I probably would never have got that chance again. Tough to leave but I couldn’t turn it down.
“It just didn’t feel right (the idea of celebrating when he scored in Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat at Ipswich), I enjoyed my time there, I had a good bond with the fans and I just don’t think it would have been right to celebrate after scoring.
“I knew going into the game that if I did score that I wasn’t going to celebrate. Unfortunately we lost.”