Sheffield United: Why Murphy felt Brighton was the right choice

Jamie Murphy has signed a four year deal with Brighton and Hove Albion

Jamie Murphy has signed a four year deal with Brighton and Hove Albion

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Former Sheffield United winger Jamie Murphy believes joining Brighton and Hove Albion will enhance his prospects of being selected by Scotland.

Murphy made the claim after agreeing a four year contract with the Championship club earlier today after officials at Bramall Lane “reluctantly” accepted its undisclosed offer for the 25-year-old’s services.

Mark McGhee, who worked with Murphy at Motherwell and is now assistant to Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, resides in Brighton and the player said: “He (McGhee) was the first one that gave me a real chance in the first team, a run of games, playing games in Europe. He was big for me at the time.

“If you play well enough it’s always going to get talked about, so it’s up to me.

“It’s one of the big reasons I felt like making the move was a good thing. I want to try to get in my national team, I want to give everything I’ve got to try and do that.”

Murphy, who made over 100 appearances for United after joining in 2013, has agreed a four year contract at The AMEX Stadium.

“We are really pleased to welcome Jamie to the club,” Chris Hughton, the Albion manager, said. “He’s a winger who can play on either flank and he will give us extra options in both wide positions.

“He’s a very good age, an age where he can continue to develop as a player and build on his experience.”

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