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Miles Starforth's pre-season tour diary: Jacob Murphy opens up at Newcastle, but will Rafa Benitez?

Jacob Murphy first met his new Newcastle United team-mates at Carlton House.

The winger joined from Norwich City a year ago in a £12million deal.

Murphy took time to find his feet on the pitch, but found his stride – and showed glimpses of his undoubted talent – during a run in the team late last year.

There’s more to come from the 23-year-old, whose twin brother Josh has joined newly-promoted Cardiff City.

Murphy didn’t do too many interviews last season. He rarely spoke to journalists, who were keen to hear how he was adapting to Newcastle and Premier League football.

However, the boyhood United fan was at ease when he met the media yesterday at the team hotel along with a number of his team-mates.

Jacob Murphy after scoring his first Newcastle goal.

Jacob Murphy after scoring his first Newcastle goal.

Let’s hope we see more of him – and hear more from him – this season.

Ayoze Perez, Martin Dubravka and Dwight Gayle were among those to talk about their hopes for the coming season.

Murphy and his colleagues – who have been doing double sessions in Ireland – were open and engaging interviewees at the plush hotel, which has been the club’s base for the past three pre-seasons.

Rafa Benitez will face the media today ahead of the club’s first pre-season friendly against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park.

Miles Away From Home.

Miles Away From Home.

United’s manager hinted at his transfer frustrations last week when he spoke at the Foundation 1892 Cup.

“I was talking with him (owner Mike Ashley) in the summer, face to face,” said Benitez.

“It was fine, but still we are where we are.”

Newcastle have a lot of work to do in the transfer market, and there’s been little apparent movement during the club’s stay in Ireland.

Benitez is always careful, and sometimes playful, with his words, especially when asked about transfers.

And supporters will be keen to hear his thoughts on what needs to be done – and what can be done – between now and August 9, when the window closes.