Murphy's career taking flight at Portman Road
BRIAN MURPHY feared that his volcano-induced travel nightmare would cost him his place in the Ipswich Town team on Saturday.
The former Bohemians 'keeper was given permission to return to Ireland for personal reasons provided he was back for training last Thursday.
However, the flight stoppages left the Waterford native grounded and, in common with many other travellers, he engaged in a frantic scramble to secure a place on a ferry.
After landing a last-minute spot, the 26-year-old began a mammoth journey with his girlfriend at the wheel and made it back to East Anglia on Thursday night. "I was expecting a kick up the backside," admitted Murphy.
Murphy has settled quickly into life at Portman Road and has been hailed as one of Roy Keane's better signings. Aside from suffering an injury in the warm-up when first promoted to the squad, it's been all good for him.
Certainly, things have gone better for the former Man City and Swansea stopper on his second stint across the Irish Sea.
"I suppose it's good to get playing so early after coming back over here. I didn't know how serious the manager was about playing me," he admitted.
"I had to work hard every day to impress him and his staff and I think I earned my chance to play."
Experience has taught Murphy not to get too carried away and he rejected the opportunity to look ahead to next season.
Similarly, he isn't banking on being invited to Giovanni Trapattoni's training camp and subsequently friendlies with Paraguay and Algeria next month.
"I don't know if I'll be involved," he said. "We've two important games at Ipswich here against Newcastle and Sheffield United before then."