Murphy ready to step up next season

Midfielder Darren Murphy has vowed there is a lot more to come from him next season despite enjoying an impressive start to his Boro career. The 23-year-old has become an integral part of manager Graham Westley s side with the former Cork man s dogged di

Midfielder Darren Murphy has vowed there is a lot more to come from him next season despite enjoying an impressive start to his Boro career.

The 23-year-old has become an integral part of manager Graham Westley's side with the former Cork man's dogged displays enabling the club's flair players to shine.

But Murphy feels he will be even better next season having fully settled into his new surroundings following his arrival in January.

"It took me a while to settle in and find my feet but I think there's a lot more to come from me yet," he told The Comet. "I've really enjoyed my time here so far and to be part of that 24-match unbeaten run was fantastic.


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"But I think there are areas I can improve still and I will be looking to do that."

The days of professional footballers enjoying a long break over the summer have long gone with players expected to return to pre-season training in good shape.

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Boro fitness coach Neil Withington has devised fitness programmes for every member of the squad and Murphy is looking to do extra work over the next couple of months to give him an extra edge for the start of next season.

"I'll go back to Ireland for a couple of days but I'm going to mainly stay here so I can keep training as much as I can," he added. "It's important that we hit the ground running next season to give ourselves the best chance of promotion."

Murphy believes the FA Trophy win against York was Boro's first match on the road to the Football League after the club suffered play-off heartache in the semi-finals against Cambridge.

"The FA Trophy win was kind of the start of our season for next year. Everyone knows we were looking to go up through the play-offs but unfortunately it just didn't happen.

"We will be looking to go straight up next season so we don't have to worry about the play-offs. That has to be our aim.

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