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Murphy on show for reserves

BRIAN MURPHY took a major step towards a return to first team football as the 'keeper lined out for the Ipswich reserves yesterday, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Murphy has been out of action since suffering a broken ankle in December but he managed to play the full 90 minutes for Ipswich's second string in a 0-0 draw with Watford, and the ex-Bohemians man will now try and force his way into the Town side for the remainder of the season.

IRELAND defender Damien Delaney has received another boost with the news that Ipswich have offered him a new deal.

The former Cork City man, who ended his three-year exile from the Ireland side by winning his third senior cap in last night's friendly defeat to Uruguay, has been told that Ipswich want to keep him on when his current deal runs out at the end of the season.

"I spoke to the players just before they went away. I've spoken to them all, including Damien," said Ipswich boss Paul Jewell.

"I told them we will be putting an offer in writing and hopefully that will be accepted. And as soon it is accepted, it will get signed."

Chris McCann made his comeback after a painful 15-month lay-off yesterday. The Irish midfielder had not played for Burnley since last year but he lined out for the Clarets reserves against Oldham yesterday and is now eyeing a return to first team action.

"It's been a long road but it was nice to get out there last night and have a kick around," said the former Home Farm man, who played just seven Premier League games for Burnley two seasons ago before his year was ruined by a knee injury.

"I don't want to look back now, it's all about the future."