Daryl Murphy was signed as a striker who could score goals in the Championship last summer, but he also knew when he signed that he would be somewhere down the striker pecking order at Newcastle, but that never stopped him from quickly signing on at the north-east giants.
And because of his professionalism, maturity and experience he never once complained when he was not playing much at all in the first half of last season.
Rafa Benitez went out of his way to compliment the Republic of Ireland striker as a great example to the younger players, as Daryl continued to put in 100% effort in all of his training sessions.
>Daryl Murphy scores great goals against Birmingham last season
But when Dwight Gayle was injured in January with a hamstring problem, in came Murphy and he did the job for Newcastle at what was a tricky part of the season for us and he became extremely well liked and appreciated by the Newcastle faithful.
Daryl will probably leave the club this summer for a top Championship side, but he will always be remembered for his contribution to the magnificent promotion effort of the 2017-2018 season when we were promoted again as Champions at the very first time of asking.
And to prove what a top man Daryl is – this is what he said when he knew he was not going to be wanted by Rafa for the coming season in the Premier League:
“I had no illusions that I was going to be starting for Newcastle in the Premier League if we got up.”
“I have got another year left on my contract and I will go back there for pre-season and just look at my options.”
“Last season was good though Rafa managed everything very well.”
“We had a lot of big name players and maybe if it had been another manager, he wouldn’t have got the best out of them as there would have been players sulking.”
“I scored six times and felt I deserved my medal whereas before, when I was at Celtic, we won the Cup but I barely featured and didn’t take a medal then because I had not earned it.”
“This time I played my part. And I have Rafa to thank for that.” “To work with him, you see at first-hand how good he is and realise why he has such a superb CV.”
“His attention to detail, everything is spot-on.” “He wants to know everything that is going on at the club.” “He makes time for everyone.”
Thanks to the 34 year-old Irish striker for helping to get the job done for Newcastle United last season and we wish Daryl all the best wherever he may end up next season.
Did we say he is a top man?