By Danny Wright
Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy has re-joined Burton Albion on a season-long loan deal, it has been confirmed.
The Brewers announced on their official website on Monday that they have agreed terms with the Yorkshire giants to build upon his short-term deal that come to fruition in January.
Murphy moved to Elland Road in 2013 but didn’t feature at all in Leeds’ Championship campaign last term, earning just one appearance in Garry Monk’s squad which came in the 1-0 EFL Cup win over Luton during August.
He was then shipped to Staffordshire to play for Nigel Clough’s side as they managed to avoid relegation in their first ever season in the second-tier.
The 27-year-old made 20 appearances for Burton, scoring one goal, which proved to be a vital one as it came in the 2-1 win at QPR.
Murphy is now set to build on that record after signing a fresh year-long deal at the Pirelli Stadium.
The former Crewe man has made a total of 111 appearances for Leeds, netting seven times, but has clearly fell short of Thomas Christiansen’s first-team requirements ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
Football Insider Verdict
Murphy probably doesn’t have a future at Elland Road now, so it’s best if he starts making plans for life elsewhere. Clough certainly seems keen on the 27-year-old, who should now be playing at the peak of his career. Christiansen still has some members of the squad that need shipping out this summer, mainly Giuseppe Bellusci and Marco Silvestri, and the sooner they can sell up, the sooner they can continue to strengthen. Murphy’s departure might free up a bit of the wage budget, but for a team like Burton, it’s unlikely that they will be splashing 100 per cent of his fees every week.
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