The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Chris Bailey

NEW­CAS­TLE United striker Daryl Murphy ad­mits he is burst­ing to show St James’ Park his ca­pa­bil­i­ties af­ter a spell blighted by in­juries.

The 33-year-old has had lit­tle chance to prove him­self since his Au­gust move from Ip­swich, with his league de­but com­ing against Black­burn just last week.

Now the for­ward is des­per­ate to show the form that saw him ac­crue 27 goals in 53 games two sea­sons ago, as he looks to make up for lost time.

“They (the fans) have seen noth­ing at all,” said Murphy.

“I played my first game and I was quite happy with how I did, and then to pick up the in­jury the next day re­ally was a big dis­ap­point­ment for me, es­pe­cially just af­ter sign­ing. So I’m ea­ger to show the fans what I’m all about.

“I’ve been in this di­vi­sion a while, so I know what it’s all about and what you need. Hope­fully I can help the team. I’ve been in­volved re­cently, and I just want to keep that go­ing and hope­fully get a chance.”

Un­til this sea­son, Murphy had been quite for­tu­nate when it came to in­juries, with just a cou­ple of knocks keep­ing him out of ac­tion.

But that only added to the pain of sit­ting on the side­lines for the former Sun­der­land man, forced to take the pa­tient ap­proach to come back at his clin­i­cal best but now look­ing to help the Mag­pies to an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Premier League.

“It’s taken a lot (of hard work), with the phys­ios and in the gym, just try­ing to get it right,” Murphy con­tin­ued.

“It’s not nice watch­ing the game from the stands, want­ing to help the lads and know­ing you can’t, but that’s part of foot­ball.

“I’ve been lucky through­out my ca­reer with in­jury, so I was due a set­back at some stage.”

EA­GER: Daryl Murphy

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