Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

KNIGHTS GOALKEEPER COMMITS TO SEASON; Upward-Trending Ipswich Side Has Scottish 'Keeper Keen on a Second Season

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

KNIGHTS GOALKEEPER COMMITS TO SEASON; Upward-Trending Ipswich Side Has Scottish 'Keeper Keen on a Second Season

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CALLUM

DICK

callum.dick@qt.com.au

World Game

As a Scottish-born football fan, Murphy was well-versed in arguably the biggest rivalry in world football; Celtic and Rangers.

When he first moved to Australia 11 years ago, an atmosphere of that magnitude on Australian shores seemed a lifetime away.

But Murphy has seen a drastic shift in the football landscape in his adoptive country.

"When I first moved over here (football) wasn't talked about very much," Murphy said

"But now it's definitely growing. It's getting bigger and bigger, and I don't think it'll be too long until it's as big (as the other football codes)."

YOU can have the most potent offence in the competition, but if you have to keep picking the ball out of your own net you will rarely win games of football.

The 2016/17 version of Manchester City can attest to that.

Which is why the Ipswich Knights moved early to re-sign Brisbane Premier League Team of the Year goalkeeper Declan Murphy for the 2018 QPL season.

The Knights announced the towering six-foot-three shotstopper will return for a second season, after impressing between the posts for the Ipswich side in a rollercoaster season.

The former Lions-listed player moved west for more first team opportunities.

He was handed that by the Knights, and Murphy took it with both hands.

"I needed experience and the Knights were a team that offered me that," the 21 year-old Scottish-born player said.

"(Lions) were looking for first-team experience and I couldn't provide that (at the time)."

Starting brightly, the Knights endured a rough patch through mid-season before returning to form in the latter stages of the competition.

"It was very up and down," the Springfield Lakes-based player said.

"We started off very well and then hit a real rough patch where it became a bit of a mental thing for us, struggling to pick ourselves up from a few big losses.

"The second half of the season we really stuck our heads down and went for it, it was a nice strong finish that gave us confidence going forward."

Murphy said the promising performances through the back half of 2017 showed the team was trending upward and that, coupled with the professionalism of the club and coaching staff made the decision to re-sign an easy one. …

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