Dundalk have further strengthened their double-winning squad with the addition of former Watford, Swindon and Colchester midfielder Sean Murray.
The midfielder has signed a long-term contract, believed to be 2 years, with the Lilywhites subject to international clearance and will link up with the squad immediately. He arrives at Oriel Park following a short spell at Danish Superliga side Veglie Boldklub.
Murray is an Ireland underage international and has lined out for his country up until under-21, where he gained 11 caps and also was named FAI International Player of the Year at U21 level in 2014.
The midfielder had lined out for the Lilywhites in the Jim Malone Cup win over Drogheda United on January 25th and he has now finalised his transfer ahead of the start of the new League of Ireland season on February 15th.
Murray’s career started brightly, making his debut as a 17 year-old in Watford’s 2-0 home defeat to QPR. He went on to play 75 league games for the club over a 5-year period. However, his career has nose-dived of late and the 25 year-old hopes that the move to Dundalk, and the prospect of European Football later in the season, could see him get his career back on track.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after putting pen to paper, he was pleased to get the deal over the line.
“I have wanted this to happen for the past few weeks. Since I came in to train it has been amazing and I have loved it.”
“To finally get it sorted it is a great feeling for me.”
“I have got to know about the club and the league from being here. I had been aware of the club and the league since before I was here but seeing the club and hearing from the players first hand I have a better knowledge now.”
“There has been a great couple of years here with the trophies and in Europe too. I want to add to that and win more for the club.”
“European football was a big factor. It was huge for me and I wanted to do that. I have always wanted to play in Europe. I have never done that before in my career and it will be a great experience for me. “
Murray is looking forward to getting going straight away and has set his ambition of improving on last year’s double haul.”
“We could have a good chance of making it far in European competition, we go into the Champions League qualifiers so I am looking forward to that.”
“We have a lot of league matches to play before then and I just can’t wait to get started.”
“I want to win everything. To win the league is the main objective. It is everything and everyone in the squad wants to retain the league and the cup.”
We want to improve on last year and do even better than we did. There’s always ways to improve and hopefully we can have an even better year than last year.”
Murray was unveiled in front of the Oriel Park faithful at tonight’s pre-season friendly clash with Longford Town.