Friday brought confirmation that Daryl Murphy had signed a three year contract with Nottingham Forest.
No confirmation of the transfer fee but it has been widely reported at around the £2m mark.
Getting a three year deal at the age of 34 surprised many people but Daryl Murphy insists ‘I’m coming here, still feeling fresh’.
With the transfer market the way that it is, there is a premium on any decent player – especially ones who can score goals, plus with a host of other Championship clubs after him, Murphy was in a strong position when negotiating his deal with Forest.
The Irish international believes he can help his new club in two main ways; ‘Hopefully I can help the younger players out – get on that pitch and score some goals’.
Daryl Murphy has started 128 Championship matches (as well as sub appearances) in the past four years and scored an impressive 55 goals, plus some of the time at Ipswich he wasn’t played as a central striker.
Murphy goes with the best wishes of Newcastle fans despite only seven Championship starts last season, a return of five goals and one assist though played their part in promotion and the title win.
Nottingham Forest are seeing a lot of changes on and off the pitch but after only surviving relegation by goal difference last season, it is obvious where improvement is most vital.
“We have to aim for at least a play-off spot.
“There will be a lot of teams in the Championship thinking that as well but we have to be aiming for that at least.
“The manager will sign more players and we have some good young players here already – I have come in to add some experience to the side.
“There is a good feel about the club from the moment I came in and I have been talking to everyone, it all seems to be in the right order and looking up.
“It is a good time to be signing and hopefully to be part of something special.
“I have admired the manager (Mark Warburton) over the years with what he has done with previous teams.
“I remember playing against Brentford a few years back – with their style of play and the way they kept the ball you always knew it was going to be a tough game.
“They played some attractive football and created chances so I am looking forward to that.
“I’m coming here, still feeling fresh, I’m feeling good and looking forward to getting started.
“Hopefully I can bring a bit of experience to the team, as it is a young squad, and hopefully I can help the younger players out – get on that pitch and score some goals.”