Leeds 27-year-old: I lost my love for football under Monk
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy has revealed he is “loving football” again after leaving the Yorkshire giants for Burton.
The 27-year-old completed a January loan move to the Brewers until the end of the season after featuring just once in an EFL Cup clash against Luton in August under Garry Monk.
He has since played in 13 matches for Nigel Clough’s team as the Midlands outfit look to move away from the Championship drop zone.
It may have been hard for Murphy to watch on from the sidelines for the first half of the campaign, but he has now told how he has rediscovered his love for the game after moving away from Leeds.
“That’s why I came – I wanted to get back playing,” told Murphy to the Burton Mail.
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“I obviously missed the first half of the season, I wanted to come somewhere, enjoy it again and get back to loving football, which this club has helped me to do.
“I’ll always be thankful for that. And obviously fighting to keep Burton in this division gives me a purpose (for) playing week in, week out.
“I’d much rather that than just go and play for the sake of playing somewhere.
“I am really enjoying it and hopefully we can finish the job. I’m really enjoying it. There are no prima donnas or anything like that, everybody is the same.
“The lads have been first-class with me since I have arrived. There are some similarities to Crewe as a club.
“It’s a real big family club, everyone welcomes you with open arms and that’s something I really do like about it.”
Murphy joined Leeds in the summer of 2013 from Crewe in a deal believed to be over £1million.
He was a frequent starter before Monk took charge and even featured in 38 matches in all competitions in the last campaign where he returned just one goals and two assists.
As Leeds look to earn a return to the Premier League alongside having a number of capable midfield options it looks as though Murphy’s time at the club is nearing it’s end.
But, with two years still left on his contract, those in charge will be looking to reclaim some of the money they paid out to sign him.
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