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Friday 24 November 2017

Murphy content to sit tight and wait for chance at QPR

IRELAND hopeful Brian Murphy says he hasn't given up on his dream of making it in the Premier League with QPR even though he has yet to make a league appearance for the London club.

The former Bohemians man joined QPR from Ipswich Town last summer and hoped to put pressure on No1 Paddy Kenny in a bid to get games, but due to a mixture of Kenny's form and injury, Murphy has played just once for Rangers this season, in a League Cup tie, and he's currently not even on the bench for league games as he's effectively been relegated to third choice behind Kenny and Radek Cerny.

In a cruel twist of fate, Murphy was unable to play when Kenny was out injured for a four-game spell earlier in the season, as he was also sidelined with injury.

CHANCE Going on loan could be an option if Mark Hughes gives his blessing but Murphy maintains that he made the right move in joining QPR and feels his chance will come.

“I feel I am a better keeper for being here, the only downside is the lack of games. I feel I will get a chance eventually and I have no regrets about coming to QPR, it's a great club to be at, especially under the new manager and the new regime,” Murphy told the Herald.

“I have been told that I have impressed the new manager, whether I have done enough to get into the team remains to be seen but I am willing to wait and I think that I have shown in my career so far that when I get a run in the team I am consistent. “I have thought about going on loan.

The manager will probably wait until the Premier League transfer window closes and then see what he wants to do as I could still go to a club in the Championship or whatever.

” Murphy was signed by Neil Warnock last year but is enjoying life under Mark Hughes. “We have a new manager in now and everyone is working hard trying to impress him,” he said.

“All the feedback from the coaching staff is very positive, the goalkeeping coach tells me that the management are very impressed with me so far. “I've been told that if I keep doing what I am doing I will be involved, so I will have to wait and see.”

Murphy admits that he has only a very slim chance of making it into the Ireland squad for the Euro 2012 finals. The former U21 international has been in the senior squad under Trapattoni and was an unused sub in the friendly games against Brazil, Paraguay, Algeria and, most recently, last summer's win over Italy in Belgium.

But the trio of Shay Given, Keiren Westwood and David Forde are established as the top three keepers in Trapattoni's mind, and others like Darren Randolph (Motherwell) and Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth) appear to be ahead of Murphy in the queue. “I am well down the ladder.

In fact, I'm probably not even on the ladder in terms of Ireland because I haven't played in so long,” said Murphy.

“I'm probably sixth or seventh in line, at best, and I can't have any complaints about that as I'm not playing for my club. “If I got a run of games over the next few months then who knows, but, for now, it doesn't look like I'll get to Poland.”

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