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A Year in Sport: Murphy preparing for improved year

15:30 16 January 2015

Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge scores the opening goal against Bury - his last for the club (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge scores the opening goal against Bury - his last for the club (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Daggers forward discusses injury problems, goalscoring relief and hopes for 2015

Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal versus Bury (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal versus Bury (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Rhys Murphy is looking forward to putting 2014 behind him after suffering a frustrating year of injuries.

And the 24-year-old is in positive mood about the new year and helping Wayne Burnett’s team move up the League Two table.

Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal with manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal with manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

After undergoing surgery in April 2014 on his groin, it has been a long road back.

But after finding the net against Bury at Victoria Road recently, his first league goal since February 1, he is positive about the year ahead.

Zavon Hines was back in the match day squad for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Zavon Hines was back in the match day squad for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

“It was a relief, obviously being out for so long it is nice to get that goal,” said Murphy.

“It has been a hard few months with operation after operation and it feels like you are never going to get back playing and scoring.

“But it has finally happened and it was great to score. Hopefully I can move on now and really push on from here.”

Murphy’s last appearance in the 2013/14 season was against Mansfield on March 1.

He ended the year with 13 goals in 35 appearances and admitted he was gutted to miss the end of the season.

After realising he was going to need surgery, a summer of rehab was on the horizon.

“It was more frustration at first, finding out I needed to have surgery,” added Murphy.

“I was scoring goals and enjoying my football so it was a bit of a kick in the teeth.

“But the realisation kicks in that surgery is what you need to do and I remember having a meeting with the surgeon and sitting down with my agent, speaking with the gaffer and then the physio John Gowens. You just automatically switch and it is right let’s get it done and I started thinking about my recovery.”

He added: “You come in on days over the summer when no one is here and then people start coming in for pre-season.

“Everyone is getting ready for the season and you think ‘I am still two or three months away’.

“It is hard and you are on your own at times, but the physio was great.

“The gaffer was great with me as well and just being around the boys in general was good as well. It helps lift your spirits.”

League One outfit Barnsley put a bid in for Murphy during the summer as well, but Daggers rejected it.

He commented: “Dagenham told me the bid was unacceptable. I probably wouldn’t have been able to pass a medical anyway, but after that it was just keep my head down.

“All I wanted to do at that time was get back fit so it wasn’t too much of a distraction.”

Zavon Hines has kept Murphy company on the treatment table as he last played for Daggers in February 2014.

He is only just coming back to full fitness after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in March last year.

But Murphy is excited that they are both returning for 2015, he added: “It is never nice to see other people injured, but when they are in the gym with you, you can speak to them and they obviously know your situation.

“It is great to see Zav back as well now because he has been out for a long time.

“Everyone at the club is delighted to see him return and he is one of the best players in the league on his day.

“We should be higher up the table, but you have to earn that and we need to do it ourselves.”

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