Sheffield Wednesday: Jacob Murphy's twin opens up on seeing a psychologist after brother's Norwich City exit

Up until the age of 22, Josh and Jacob Murphy did everything together.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 3:57 pm

From their first kick of a ball at the age of seven to signing Norwich City academy deals in 2011, from winning the FA Youth Cup two years later to making their emergence in the Canaries first team, theirs were careers intertwined.

Until Jacob – now enjoying time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday – sealed a £10m move to Newcastle United.

“I felt lonely,” Josh revealed. “For 22 years we had been with each other all the time, so I was like: he’s taken it to the next stage, he’s in the Premier League, he’s got a move he always wanted, what am I going to do about myself?

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“If I’m still at Norwich, will I ever be able to play in the Premier League, you always have those thoughts. But at the same time, like Jacob has said, if one of us can do it than the other one can too.

“I know I’m only two minutes older than him but I feel like the protective big brother, so that’s where he doesn’t worry as much as me.”

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand as part of the former England captain’s series of conversations with brothers in football, Josh continued: “It was tough, because me and Jac had a set routine of everything to do.

“Even stuff like Jacob was always the cook and when everything gets taken away from you, how you just bounce off someone so much and it’s almost like you lose part of you.

Twin brothers Jacob and Josh Murphy came through the ranks together at Norwich City.

“My routines were messed up and I felt a little bit lost to start with. I think it was because he went in pre-season, so I had other stuff to worry about, but as the season went on things were getting tougher.

“I had him there through text but I needed someone there with me. So I started seeing a psychologist just to help me get through and then from seeing that person in Norwich, I ended up kicking on at the end of the season and that’s what eventually got me my move to Cardiff and the Premier League.”