Danny Murphy became Blackburn’s first signing of the summer earlier this week as the Lancashire side aim to make an immediate return to the Premier League after their embarrassing relegation in May.
The 35 year old started his career at Crewe Alexandra in 1993 and made 132 appearances whilst netting 27 goals before signing for his boyhood club Liverpool for an initial fee of £1.5 million.
Murphy made his Liverpool debut from the bench on the opening day of the 1997/98 season but failed to establish himself in the first team as the season progressed. Therefore Murphy returned to Crewe Alexandra on loan as he helped them avoid relegation.
Eventually Murphy broke into the Liverpool first team, but regularly found himself playing out of position on the right wing with there being fierce competition in the heart of midfield with Steven Gerrard and Dietmar Hamann.
After four years at Anfield, Murphy’s dreams of winning silverware became a reality as the Merseyside club won a unique treble in 2001 (FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup). Following his impressive season Murphy was then called up to the England national team, and went on to make 6 appearances under Sven Goran Eriksson.
In 2003 the midfielder added another League Cup winner’s medal to his collection before moving to Charlton Athletic in 2004.
Subsequent to his £2.5 million move to Charlton, Murphy made 56 appearances whilst scoring 7 goals for the London club. Two years later and Murphy was on the move again as he travelled across London and signed for Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £2 million. But the midfielder’s White Hart Lane career was short lived as Murphy swapped Spurs for Fulham in 2007.
It did not take long for Murphy to establish himself as a Fulham regular and in his second season at the club Roy Hodgson rewarded him with the captain’s armband. Murphy led Fulham to the Europa League Final, but were runners up to an impressive Atlético Madrid side.
Murphy and Fulham failed to agree terms regarding a contract extension resulting in the midfielder heading back to the North West as Steve Kean offered the Cheshire born midfielder an offer he could not resist.
The signing will ignite Blackburn’s hopes of promotion following their dismal season. Murphy will bring bags of experience which Rovers will need in order to compete in the Championship next season.