Murphy's new meath role
BRENDAN Murphy has retired from between the Meath posts, but will still play a part for the Royals next year, writes cliona foley.
The former Wimbledon and Ireland 'B' soccer goalkeeper, who has had two spells as Meath's first-choice netminder, has confirmed his retirement. However, he has agreed to stay involved as the Royals' goalkeeping coach.
Murphy (36) revealed that former county goalkeeper David Gallagher has been lined up to take over from him.
Gallagher was on the Meath panel in 2004-05 and was sub-keeper to Paddy O'Rourke in 2009 after being capped at International Rules in '08.
O'Rourke has since been given an outfield role and Gallagher, from Dunboyne, who had a bad run of back injuries, is now ready to make a comeback.
On his decision to serve as a goalkeeping coach with Meath, Murphy said: "Seamus (McEnaney) asked me if I would be interested in helping out with the goalkeepers on the panel and I readily agreed.
"Gerry Rogers, who plays (soccer) with St Patrick's Athletic and who has Gaelic experience as well, was the goalkeeping coach with Meath this year, and I'll be taking over from him."
Murphy will still continue to play club football with Trim.