LOI and GAA played role in Republic of Ireland star Daryl Murphy's success
AS HE tries to find the goals needed to push Ipswich Town over the line and into the Premier League, Ireland international Daryl Murphy says that his time playing GAA, and his spell in the League of Ireland, made him what he is today.
Ipswich take on Norwich City on Saturday in the second leg of their promotion playoff semi-final, the tie evenly poise at 1-1. With 27 goals this season, Murphy (pictured) has scored more than any other player in the English leagues, but the player had to start all over again with Waterford United after his first spell cross-channel, with Luton, ended badly.
"It was horrible," he says of his time at Luton.
"The other lads were living a long way from me and it was literally back to the digs after training every day to spend time with the family that was hosting me. I was 17, there was nothing to do and I really didn't want to be there.
"Going back to Waterford was the best thing that ever happened to me. It allowed me to enjoy football again," says Murphy who added, in an interview with the East Anglia Daily Times, that he owes much of his current style of play to the GAA.
"I've always been quite physical because I played hurling and Gaelic football in Ireland. The physical side of the game has never been a problem for me, I've always enjoyed that," he says, Murphy well ahead of his goal target for the season.
"We all had to say what our goal target was at the start of the season and mine was 17. I had that by January, December, so, yeah, it's just been a mad season really."