I won’t walk straight back into the team, says Murphy
16:00 30 October 2014
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Daggers forward accepts he has to fight to regain his place
Rhys Murphy has acknowledged that he won’t be walking straight back into the Dagenham & Redbridge starting team now he has returned from injury.
The 23-year-old made his first competitive appearance since March 1 when he played the full 90 minutes against Ryman North Barkingside in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup on Monday.
Daggers top goalscorer last season scored from the penalty spot in the 2-0 win but has stiff competition to try and win a spot in Wayne Burnett’s starting team.
Experienced forward Jamie Cureton has been excellent since signing in the summer, whilst youngster Christian Doidge and Ade Yusuff have both impressed when given opportunities.
And the former Arsenal youngster appreciates he will have to fight for his place.
“All three of those are good players and we can all learn off each other,” said Murphy.
“It is good to have that competition, it wouldn’t be right if I just walked back into the team.
“You have got to earn the shirt, people are scoring goals at the moment and long may that continue.”
After a raft of changes during the summer, Murphy finds himself as one of the more experienced players in the squad.
He doesn’t have the experience of Cureton, though, but the forward admits he has enjoyed watching the 39-year-old in action.
Murphy also praised the signings of Doidge and Yusuff, adding: “Jamie has been a good signing.
“Where I haven’t been able to play I have been able to watch him and he has great movement.
“He has a great eye for goal and that is why he has scored as many goals as he has.
“It was a great signing for us and with Christian Doidge and Ade Yusuff, they are also two good signings.
“Both are young and hungry and they have shown good signs on the training pitch.”