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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Murphy: I'll go out on loan if I'm not Green's understudy

John Fallon

Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30

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Queen's Park Rangers goalkeeper Brian Murphy is determined not to sit in the stands at Loftus Road this season. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Queen's Park Rangers goalkeeper Brian Murphy is determined not to sit in the stands at Loftus Road this season. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Despite finally arriving in the Premier League with Queen's Park Rangers, Irish goalkeeper Brian Murphy has no intention of sticking around to sit in the Loftus Road stand.

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With Robert Green embedded as Harry Rednapp's No 1, it's a straight shoot-out between Murphy and Julio Cesar, who has been recalled from a loan spell with Toronto, to assume the role of understudy.

The 31-year-old stopper has fulfilled that function on the club's pre-season schedule which included a 4-0 win over Shamrock Rovers on Saturday but is unsure whether he'll retain the berth for the Premier League kick-off against Hull City on Saturday week.

"I'd like to think I'm second choice at the moment," said the 31-year-old, who has started only one league game for QPR in the last four seasons.

"I really don't know what will happen when Julio comes back but I think I've done well when I've been called upon, which hasn't been as often as I'd like.

"Last season, two or three clubs wanted to take me on loan but, being number two at the time, the gaffer wouldn't let me go.

"Obviously, if I'm number two, I'll be happy enough. If not, then I'll have to look at doing something like going on loan."

The former Bohemians stopper knows his international ambitions depend on getting game time for his club. Although Roy Keane managed Murphy at Ipswich Town, more than that familiarity will be required to shuttle him up the pecking order for Ireland.

"The important qualifier games are coming up and there's not many goalkeepers playing on a regular basis at a high level," he said.

"If the opportunity comes up, well then great. But I can't really say I should be in the Ireland squad because I haven't done enough over the last few seasons to justify it."

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