Daryl Murphy says he’s ready for a hard work ahead of him at Newcastle United – after making the “easy” decision to join the club.
The striker made his debut in this week’s EFL Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It felt comfortable coming into the side. The gaffer’s been patient with me, and I’ve been training with the lads day in, day out, so I’m well used to how they play now.Daryl Murphy
Murphy – who joined Newcastle late last month from Ipswich Town – was relieved to finally make his first appearance for the club.
Reflecting on his debut, the 33-year-old said: “It’s always nice. I’ve had to be patient, but I was pleased to get the opportunity in the end.
“It felt comfortable coming into the side. The gaffer’s been patient with me, and I’ve been training with the lads day in, day out, so I’m well used to how they play now.
“I’m just looking forward to the next few games.”
Murphy, used to starting week in, week out for Ipswich, was prepared to wait for his chance at Newcastle.
“He (Benitez) just told me to be patient and I’d get my chance,” said the Republic of Ireland international.
“The team’s been flying, so I knew it wasn’t a case of coming here and just playing immediately. I knew it wasn’t going to be like that, because there’s some very good players here who are all battling for positions.
“It was a case of just being patient and waiting for a chance.”
United’s move for Murphy, signed to compete with Aleksandar Mitrovic for a place in Benitez’s side, came as a surprise.
“It was all speculation, to be honest,” said Murphy. “I heard a few whispers here and there, but that always happens in football, so I took no notice of it.
“Leading up towards the window closing, it started to heat up a bit, so I soon as I knew there was interest it was an easy decision.”
Murphy – who spent five years in the North East with Sunderland earlier in his career – was impressed with the 34,735 crowd at St James’s Park for the club’s third-round tie against Wolves, which United won 2-0.
“It’s great support,” he said. “It was great to see so many people there on a Tuesday night.
“I know what it means to the fans up here, I’m just looking forward now to being involved more.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s fourth-round EFL Cup tie against Preston North End will be played on Tuesday, October 25 (7.45pm kick-off).
* South Shields Mags are running a coach to Newcastle United’s games away to Rotherham United and Barnsley next month. It will leave from Morgan’s pub, Stanhope Road, South Shields. To book a seat, call Kris 07730 508 362 or Dean 07403 181 808.