Wednesday 24 April 2019

Rovers set to lose Murphy to Bohs Daly to bide his time at Terrors

SHAMROCK ROVERS boss Michael O'Neill expects to lose highly-rated goalkeeper Barry Murphy after he failed to agree a new contract with the Hoops, and Murphy is now in line for a switch to rivals Bohemians.

Murphy is the longest-serving player at Rovers, having made his debut in May 2005, and he established himself as one of the best young keepers in the league. But Murphy lost his place in the team to Northern Ireland international Alan Mannus midway through the season and is now set to leave.

"He was offered an improved, two-year contract in July which is in line with the club's wage structure for senior players," said O'Neill. "However, he refused to commit himself to the club. I can only assume he is pursuing other options."

O'Neill was this week working on his squad for next season, with the signing of Drogheda's ex-U21 cap James Chambers. Simon Madden, Darragh Maguire, Shane Robinson and Corey Tracey have been released by the Hoops.

Daly to bide his time at Terrors

DUNDEE United manager Criag Levein has told Irish striker Jonathan Daly to be patient in his bid to get back into the first team.

Daly played his first game in eight months in last week's SPL win over Celtic, where the Dubliner scored, but Levein says that Daly needs to build up his fitness after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury.

"Jon is definitely our most physical striker and he is a great option to have, but it will probably be another month before I think about him in terms of a starting place," said Levein.

"It's been great for him as well to be involved again and I was delighted for him that he scored on Sunday, but you have to remember he has not even had many reserve games," the Terrors boss said.

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