By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney )
After taking a full year away from the game goalkeeper Barry Murphy has returned to Richmond Park ahead of the new SSE Airtricity League season.
Murphy 35, is heading into his 17th League of Ireland season, decided to step away due to work commitments last year, feels that the time is right to make a return and has been getting acquainted with his new teammates this week.
“I’m delighted to be back, I’ve been training the past couple of days and it’s been good to get back playing and meet the new lads coming in. It’s a young, hungry group and I am hoping to add some experience to what is going to be an exciting year,” said an enthusiastic Murphy.
He hasn’t lost any of his sharpness during his time away from the league:
“2020 wasn’t a bad a year to take out (due to Covid), but I’ve kept myself ticking over. Alan Mathews and Stephen O’Donnell got in contact with me and I am delighted and excited to be back part of it again, and to be in with a squad that looks like it’s going to be really competitive this year.”
The Premier Division season is set to kick off next week, as St Patrick’s Athletic travel across the city to face reigning champions Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.
Murphy is set to assist young Liverpool loanee Viteslav Jaros and 17 year-old Josh Keeley.
St Pats head coach Stephen O’Donnell is thrilled to get Murphy back involved with his side, “I’m delighted to get Barry back on board. He’s a really good goalkeeper and a true professional. He has a great attitude and will give us a vast amount of experience, having played in the league for over a decade.
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