Jacob Murphy raring to go ahead of 'breakthrough' Newcastle campaign

Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy is itching to start pre-season preparations ahead of what he hopes will be a big season.

Monday, 18th June 2018, 12:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 2:37 pm
Jacob Murphy is targeting a breakthrough season

Murphy, signed from Norwich City last summer, is keen to make his mark at St James's Park after a promising debut campaign on Tyneside.

And the wideman is already raring to go in pre-season training having taken a number of valuable lessons from his first season as a Premier League player.

Having enjoyed some leisure time with his family over the summer, Murphy is now ready to swap the sun-lounger for his training shirt and start preparations for the new season.

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"I've had enough of holidays, to be honest," he admitted.

"I just want to get back in to football because I miss football after the first few days.

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After making the move to Tyneside last year, Murphy racked up 28 appearances for Rafa Benitez's side and netted once.

And fans can feel enthused by the 23-year-old's start to life in the North East after a number of promising displays.

Indeed, it was a learning curve for Murphy who himself admitted there were plenty of lessons to be learned from the step up to the top flight.

But with a season of Premier League football under his belt, Murphy is keen to secure his place in Benitez's starting line-up.

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"It was a massive step-up for me from the Championship. I thought it was going to be difficult, but I didn't realise how difficult it was.

"There's a lot to adjust to - the pace, playing against a lot better players who know the game a bit more.

"You have to be a lot more switched on and figure things out on the pitch quicker than what you would usually have to.

"But once I adjusted to it and got that run of games in around Christmas time, that was when I thought I was really kicking-on.

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"Now it's a case of, this season, trying to cement my place."

Murphy's solitary Newcastle goal came against eventual champions Manchester City during a 3-1 defeat in January.

And such a strike gave the winger a big confidence boost - and left him desperate for more.

He added: "As a confidence player, they're the things I need. I thrive off them.

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The aim for Murphy now is to continue his progression in what he hopes will be a 'breakthrough' year.

While he knows there is plenty of competition in the wide areas, he is backing himself to make a mark.

"I hope so, it needs to be really," said Murphy, when asked if this would be a big campaign personally.

"Hopefully this is my breakthrough season at the club and I know there will be tough competition from Matty (Ritchie), Atsu, Rolando (Aarons), but I'll be raring to go."