Bristol Post

Murray junior delighted to sign for Seagulls

- Simon PEACH

THE apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree in the Murray household, with junior a flying winger just like his father.

Bristol City legend Scott Murray made his name through his rampages up and down the wings, and his son Jay is following in his footsteps.

The 20-year-old’s impressive form in recent seasons has earned him a move up the pyramid to Westonsupe­r-Mare.

He played 30 minutes as a named trialist in Tuesday’s 2-1 friendly win over Exeter City at the Optima Stadium, joining Scott Bartlett’s squad for the upcoming Southern League season.

“Jay is a Weston boy and one we have monitored for a while,” Bartlett told the club’s website.

“He’s a direct, old-fashioned winger with lots of energy and we are pleased to bring him into our group.”

Murray, pictured, spent time in Weston’s academy before playing men’s football for village side Congresbur­y as a 16-year-old.

He then had spells in the Western League with Odd Down and Hengrove Athletic before attracting the attention of Clevedon Town, managed by another former City hero in Micky Bell.

Murray played 50 games for Clevedon, scoring 18 goals and adding 11 assists, and he joins a Weston side targeting promotion to National League South.

“It’s a positive move for me moving up the leagues and I’m delighted to sign for the Seagulls,” said Murray.

“It’s onwards and upwards. The hard work proceeds now into a new environmen­t and for my journey in a tougher league. I can’t wait to get started”.

Murray Sr, 47, played more than 400 league games for City across two spells, scoring 74 goals.

Since his retirement, the Scotsman has spent several seasons working as the Robins’ kit man.

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