Monday 10 December 2018

'It's disappointing but we understand the situation he is in' - High-flying Carlow hit by Murphy's USA departure


Brendan Murphy of Carlow
Brendan Murphy of Carlow
Turlough O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Carlow footballers have been hit with a hammer blow ahead of their championship campaign with Brendan Murphy's decision to go to the US for the summer.

Murphy was highly influential during the county's five-match campaign in 2017 and their subsequent promotion to Division 3 of the Allianz league.

But he will leave in the coming weeks and will submit a transfer in order to play football over there.

Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien confirmed his departure and wished his player well but said the move does not reflect a lack of ambition in the county for this year's championship.

Murphy's departure, at a time when Carlow are flying high after promotion to Division 3, will fuel further debate about the existing championship structures.

"It's disappointing but we understand the situation he is in. We wish him the best of luck ," said O'Brien.

O'Brien revealed that his midfielder would have been an injury doubt for their Leinster first round in just under three weeks anyway because of a hip injury picked up against Laois in their final league game.

"The league was our priority all along, we got our promotion and Division 3 will be our next really major goal. To stay up in that division next year will be the big thing."

O'Brien insisted that there was "no question about his commitment to Carlow."

"It's a personal decision. The rule book doesn't allow for that. Smaller counties are probably affected more than the larger counties."

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