Daryl Murphy was a refreshing change for Newcastle United this past season.

Despite only getting seven Championship starts (and eight appearances off the bench) there was no complaining and pretty much every time he got a chance, the striker delivered.

Despite only starting the seven league games, Daryl Murphy delivered five goals and one assist, with vital goals in victories over Rotherham, Huddersfield and Brentford amongst those strikes.

Arriving as a 33 year old, the former Ipswich forward was never going to be a long-term answer for Newcastle up front but he did the job he was brought in for.

In the squad to cover injuries, Daryl Murphy can count himself very unlucky that at times he came in and did well, only to return to the bench or even drop out of the matchday 18 altogether. If he had been first choice last season, even with the injuries he had I reckon he would have definitely topped 20 goals for Newcastle.

Away with Ireland at the minute on international duty, Daryl Murphy has featured in the defeat against Mexico in New Jersey and a home victory over Uruguay, those friendlies in preparation for the vital World Cup qualifier against Austria in Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

Breaking off from preparations for that match, Murphy has revealed that whilst away on international duty he has spoken to Rafa Benitez, with the Newcastle boss having clarified what the striker’s position is.

Daryl Murphy:

“Rafa is a top, top manager. He texted me after the Uruguay game to say well done.

“I spoke to him last week about my future and he thanked me for what I had done and said they were going to listen to a few offers. I said ‘that’s fine’.

“I always knew I had been brought in there to do a specific job, to help the club get promoted. I had no illusions that I was going to be starting for Newcastle in the Premier League if we got up.

“I have got another year left on my contract and I will go back there for pre-season and just look at my options.

“Last season was good, though. Rafa managed everything very well.

“We had a lot of big name players and maybe if it had been another manager he wouldn’t have got the best out of them as there would have been players sulking.

“But he used every player in the squad at the right time so everybody was fighting for a place.

“When the other strikers got injured, I knew I had to produce the goods for him, and I did, getting three goals in three games.

“We got some good results. I didn’t start many games – just seven in the league, nine in all competitions.

“But I scored six times and felt I deserved my medal whereas before, when I was at Celtic, we won the Cup but I barely featured and didn’t take a medal then because I had not earned it.

“This time I played my part.

“And I have Rafa to thank for that. To work with him, you see at first-hand how good he is and realise why he has such a superb CV.

“His attention to detail, everything is spot-on. He wants to know everything that is going on at the club. He makes time for everyone.”

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  • I would actually keep Murphy if we can’t get decent backup strikers in the summer. Has plenty of experience and is still in top shape.

    • Clarko

      We don’t want “backup strikers” do we? We have Gayle, Mitrovic, Armstrong and Abraham (if he signs), what we need is a first choice striker.

  • Albert Stubbins

    He’s also a top bloke and played his part in our ultimate promotion. Thanks Daryl and good luck for the future- you won’t be forgotten up here.

  • hetonmag

    What a top top man something that’s very rare in this era of greed in football, good luck for the future Daryl.

  • Grahame Johnson

    I wish I could get a quid for every Geordie who shakes his hand and says alreet Daryl in the future,a solid pro and a huge influence behind the scenes. If He said to me put a bit more effort in etc I’m sure I would. He had to wait till he was 34 but walking around the pitch with his bairns and a well deserved medal was his moment, his roar of pure passion at Huddersfield sums his time up at the toon, the makems should take a punt on him

  • Grahame Johnson

    Murphy no doubt would have kicked the gate down that poor Ross McCormack couldn’t open,

  • TheFatController

    Additionally, it was only injury that prevented him playing more games. The three big goals mentioned were all calm finishes that settled nerves in each game – that calm is what experience brings

  • Peter

    Good man…and a breath of fresh air in professional football…

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He did the job we got him for, he`s a top guy & i wish him all the best

  • Damon Horner

    Very different sentiments to him now compared to the prospect of him signing at the time. Had a purpose of being striker insurance and did that exact job, completely vindicated transfer and by the looks of it all parties understanding the reality of him not playing for us beyond the summer.

  • Mike

    Thanks Murphy proper footballer unlike some we know! Good luck in the future you will always be welcome in the Toon

  • Gallowgate Dave

    If he leaves it will be with everyone’s best wishes.