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Murphy delighted to make mark on return

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 October 2014

Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge sees a shot hit the arm of Barkingside's Joe Ellul during their Essex Senior Cup clash (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge sees a shot hit the arm of Barkingside's Joe Ellul during their Essex Senior Cup clash (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Spot-on Daggers striker hopes to face Shrews after netting in first game for eight months

Rhys Murphy admitted he was relieved to find the net on his return to first team action for Dagenham & Redbridge and expressed his delight at making his comeback following a lengthy period out injured.

The 23-year-old played against Barkingside in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup on Monday and netted from the penalty spot.

It was Murphy’s first appearance for Daggers since playing against Mansfield on March 1, before he was ruled out for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign after needing surgery on his hip.

He then suffered a further setback at the start of the current campaign, but is finally back and ready to fire Wayne Burnett’s side up the League Two table.

“There has been a lot of changes and I think that has shown with some of our performances,” said Murphy.

“They have taken a little bit of time to gel, but we have got some very good players here.

“We should be higher in the league than we are at the moment, but I think that will come.

“We are working hard every day and I am looking forward to getting myself back in the team.

“It is going to be tough because we have got some good players, but I am looking forward to it.”

Murphy played the full 90 minutes against Ryman League Barkingside and admitted he was tired after the game.

But he was happy to be back amongst the goals once again and revealed he did not have any nerves before the match, adding: “It was a bit of a relief to score.

“I didn’t really play well, so it took a bit of the enjoyment out of it, but it is always good to score goals as a striker.

“It was my first game back so to get on the scoresheet is pleasing.

“I was more excited than anything to play a game because it has been a long time. There wasn’t really any nerves, more excitement.”

Murphy is hopeful he is over his injury problems now, but he isn’t setting himself any definitive targets just yet.

Shrewsbury Town visit Daggers tomorrow (Saturday) and the forward admits he would love to be involved in the match-day squad.

But he doesn’t expect to be starting for quite some time with new signings Jamie Cureton, Ade Yusuff and Christian Doidge all impressing and scoring recently.

Murphy added: “Everything has cleared up now thankfully.

“It seemed like nothing was ever getting better, but touch wood everything feels fine now and I am getting a lot better.

“I would love to be involved (against Shrewsbury), if my body is feeling right.

“There is no chance that I will be starting. We have got some good players who are scoring goals up front and they are rightfully playing.

“It will be a little while until I am starting games so I will work hard in training and hopefully get my chance and take it.”

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