Sheffield United: Star’s new-season pledge

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Jamie Murphy has vowed Sheffield United supporters will see the best of him next season, insisting he is equipped to cope with the most brutal aspects of the English game.

Murphy, a January signing from Motherwell, was hampered by a series of niggling injuries last term following his arrival at Bramall Lane.

But the winger, rubbishing claims he submitted a transfer request following May’s defeat in the League One play-offs, told The Star: “I can’t wait to get started. The first match can’t come quick enough.

“There’s a big difference between football in England and Scotland. In England it’s more physically demanding and intense, despite the fact most people think it’s the other way around.

“It’s always difficult moving from one club to another but I’m settled here.

“I’m having a good pre-season which is going to help. I know how they all play now and the same for them about me too.”

Murphy added: “I heard about these rumours I’d asked to leave but they were so daft I never responded. I just brushed it aside because you get a lot of stuff like that. It’s part and parcel of the game. But you’ve just got to get on with your job.”