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).

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

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.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham Sports News

16 minutes ago
Jake Sheppard of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the winning goal against Bromley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers left it late to beat Ravens after conceding first goal once again

Yesterday, 21:41
Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the equaliser against Bromley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 (Okenabirhie 40, Sheppard 88) Bromley 1 (Hanlan 7)

Yesterday, 17:30
Jake Howells made his Dagenham & Redbridge debut at Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers new boy set for first start against Ravens

Yesterday, 15:00
Dagenham's director of rugby Mark Collins (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

The Central Park club earned their third victory of the campaign last weekend to continue making steps in the right direction

Yesterday, 13:00
Clapton's defence clears the ball against Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

The Blues have built up a healthy advantage at the top of the table since Tons last played on February 4

Yesterday, 12:00
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers boss feel pitch at Victoria Road feels pitch at Victoria Road no longer suits a passing style

Yesterday, 08:00
Barking & Dagenham under-11s face the camera in kit sponsored by CH Accounting

Chelmsford & Mid Essex 5 Barking & Dagenham 0

Mon, 17:00
A Sporting Bengal United player clears a Barking shot off the line during Saturday's match (pic: Terry Gilbert).

The Mile End Stadium outfit lost an eight-goal thriller 5-3 on Saturday, but gave title hopefuls a scare

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now