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Dons return motivates Rhys

11 March 2016

First interview with new signing

Rhys Murphy said the lure of wearing Wimbledon colours again and playing a part in a play-off chase made it an easy decision to sign for the club.

The 25-year-old, who signed on loan earlier today, recalled joining Wimbledon’s academy as an eight-year-old and his father supporting the Dons.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player with Rob Cornell, Murphy said: “A couple of other clubs were interested, but Wimbledon was where it all started for me. It’s not too far from where my parents live so if feels like back home as well. I signed for Wimbledon when I was eight and had a good few years training and playing for the club. I really enjoyed that. I can remember training at Old Cranleighan Hockey Club. The club has come a long way since then and a lot has happened, but it’s nice to be back.

“My old man used to support Wimbledon back in the day so it will be great for him to come and watch the club play again. I have some good memories of playing against Wimbledon, including scoring at the ground. Hopefully, I can score some goals playing for Wimbledon now.

“The supporters have always been passionate when I’ve played here so it will be nice to play for them in a blue shirt and experience that. I was pleased when I was told about the club’s interest. The team is doing well and pushing for the play-offs so it is an exciting time here. Hopefully, I can come in and help the club to be successful.”

Murphy, who was capped at youth level by England, added that a hunger to get back scoring goals was a key reason behind the move with a lack of opportunities at Oldham recently.

“Most players will tell you that they don’t want to be sitting in the stands or on the bench,” added Murphy. “The manager at Oldham told me earlier this week that Wimbledon were interested and he asked me how I felt about that. I had not been playing so I said I was desperate to play games. It was a no-brainer because I just want to play football. Hopefully, I can add what I’m capable of bringing to the team, which is goals and some clever play up front. “

Murphy is set to be in the squad for Morecambe tomorrow and he will wear number 39 for the Dons .

The full interview with Rhys Murphy is now on Dons Player, along with updates from Neal Ardley ahead of Morecambe.

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