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Murphy: It is great to be back

11:33 29 October 2014

Daggers Rhys Murphy scores the opening goal against Barkingside (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Daggers Rhys Murphy scores the opening goal against Barkingside (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Daggers forward made comeback from long-term injury earlier this week

It was a huge boost for everyone associated with Dagenham & Redbridge on Monday when Rhys Murphy played the full 90 minutes and found the net in the Essex Senior Cup third round tie against non-league Barkingside.

The 23-year-old forward might not have been happy with his performance but after such a prolonged spell on the sidelines through injury, he was delighted to be back in the fold.

Murphy was in positive spirits after the game and joked he was pleased to return to full training, just so he could spend some time away from Daggers physio John Gowens - who has helped him recover back to full fitness.

“I wouldn’t say I was pleased with my performance against Barkingside, I don’t think any of us could be happy with the way we played,” said the forward.

“But, for me personally, to get through 90 minutes after seven or eight months I am very happy with that.

“It is great to be back in the fold. When you are injured it is a horrible and lonely place.

“I have been in with the physio and obviously that is John, who at times does your head in, but he has been good with me and it is nice to finally be back.”

The former Arsenal youngster believes he is fully over his injuries and is hoping to put the tough last few months behind him.

He has enjoyed getting into the swing of things again with his team mates and has loved being back on the training field.

Murphy added: “It is great be backing in training. When you are coming in every day and you can’t go out there with the boys, it can be very frustrating.

“So it is nice to be back out there, shouting at everyone and giving as good as you get with the boys and having a bit of fun.

“It has been a really rubbish few months over the summer and the back end of last season watching your team mates play and you can’t help or do anything about it.

“It is the worst thing as a professional footballer to be out injured but thankfully it is all behind me now.

“I can look to the future and hopefully work hard, get back in the team and start scoring goals again.”

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