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Murphy aims for Saints tie Mahon snaps up Williams

BRIAN Murphy hopes to recover from his injury and be back in the Ipswich squad for their FA Cup game with Southampton next week.

Murphy suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up before last week's Championship clash with Leicester and it was initially feared that he could be out for two months, but now he hopes for a shorter lay-off.

"I want to get back into training as soon as possible, and if all goes well, maybe I can make the Southampton game at the end of next week," he said.

"My initial worry was that I was going to be out for seven or eight weeks. It was very sore and I was frustrated and disappointed obviously.

"Thankfully the scans have shown the ankle is not too bad and I'm looking at being out for ten days or so, which is bad enough but a relief in a way."

Mahon snaps up Williams

ST PATS boss Pete Mahon made his ninth signing of the close season as he has agreed a deal to take Scottish striker Alex Williams from Dundalk to Richmond Park.

After a disastrous season in 2009, Mahon has launched a clear-out of the playing squad with only a handful of players retained, and Mahon has been busy adding new talent to the squad, as today he sealed a deal to sign Williams.

"Pete Mahon called me, he outlined his plans for the club and I was interested from the start," said Williams, who scored seven league goals for Dundalk last season.

Pats have already signed David McAllister (Shels), Conor Sinnott (Wexford), Gareth Coughlan, Derek Pender, Paul Byrne (Bray), Brian Cash (Sligo), Ian Bermingham (Shamrock Rovers) and Shane Guthrie (Galway).