Sean Murray: Watford’s Former Wonderkid Refinding His Toes At Dundalk
In the course of the low season, League of Eire champions Dundalk sprung a shock after they introduced the signing of former Watford midfielder and ex-Irish U21 worldwide Sean Murray.
A reputation acquainted to many because of his promising begin within the sport with the Hornets seven years in the past, Murray discovered himself struggling for sport time at Danish membership Vejle Boldklub, when the decision to affix the Lilywhites got here.
“I used to be in Denmark,” defined Murray talking to Match of Day.
“They’ve a cut up season so that they have been on their Winter break and I was doing preseason after the break and on the time I wasn’t actually enjoying an excessive amount of.
“Dundalk known as and requested me if I needed to come back over, I used to be like ‘sure undoubtedly’ as a result of on the time I wasn’t actually enjoying soccer and I believe I’m on the age now the place I should be enjoying as a lot as attainable.
“They known as, I came visiting and skilled for every week, simply to see if I would really like it and if the membership would really like me, and I’d say it turned out to be an ideal match. I needed to come back and so they needed to signal me so we acquired it executed as rapidly as we may.”
Murray’s impression on the membership was quick. In his first sport, he got here off the bench and grabbed a tidy equaliser as Dundalk drew towards Sligo Rovers.
A month later he scored within the 4-Zero win over Waterford. The subsequent week, he opened the scoring towards Derry Metropolis. “The right match” analogy from Murray is proving to be very correct.
“It’s been nice for me to be trustworthy. Clearly, I got here in and for the primary sport we have been a bit unfortunate with accidents so my begin got here a bit sooner than I believed however since then I believe I’ve pushed on and the staff has began to enhance as properly. We’ve got picked up some good outcomes so confidence is excessive in the mean time.
“I wasn’t anticipating to be beginning so rapidly however I acquired a aim in that sport which form of took the nerves away a bit and that kick-started my season from there actually.”
Having fun with his soccer and thriving in a profitable staff, Dundalk is proving to be the perfect vacation spot for Murray to rebuild a profession that has been wrought with a horrible mixture of accidents and terrible luck.
Murray made his Watford debut when he was simply 17, and broke into the Watford first staff on the age of 18, enjoying half a season with the Hornets within the Championship, profitable their Younger Participant of the Yr award.
He made 49 league appearances over the subsequent two seasons earlier than he’d even reached the age of 21, and as Watford pushed for promotion to the top-flight it regarded as if Murray can be an integral a part of their facet.
Sadly for the midfielder, issues didn’t work out as he would have hoped.
“At lot of issues occurred without delay there,” stated Murray, of his Watford departure.
“I acquired injured the 12 months we acquired promoted. I performed fairly a little bit of the season after which I tore my knee ligaments and was out for 9 months. I got here again and we have been within the Premier League so it was tough for me to search out my place once more within the staff. They’d gotten loads of new gamers in.
“The primary issue at Watford was that I acquired injured and the staff have been preventing to remain within the Premier League and I needed to realise it in all probability wasn’t one of the best place for me if I needed to play soccer.”
Murray left Watford for an unsuccessful mortgage spell at Wigan in 2015/2016 the place he once more discovered video games problem to come back by. The 12 months after that, on his return to Vicarage Highway, Murray made the aware determination to go away the membership he had spent 15 years at, with Swindon in League One the vacation spot.
This time it was a change of supervisor which robbed Murray of the prospect to impress.
“I went out on mortgage to Wigan for a 12 months. To be trustworthy I didn’t play an excessive amount of there both.
“I discovered myself again at Watford for one more six months after which I left for Swindon. I performed a bit there in League One and I actually loved my time there. Midway by the season I had performed over 20 video games however then the supervisor modified and the brand new supervisor stated I wasn’t going to play.
“From there I went to Colchester and performed two full seasons. Briefly, it was up and down.”
Was it tough to go away his boyhood membership? After all, defined Murray, but it surely was a obligatory determination with common soccer his primary aim.
“It was robust to go away Watford undoubtedly. I used to be there from the age of seven to the age of 22.
“I spent a very long time there, however I may’ve stayed and been snug, skilled a bit, however I needed to be enjoying aggressive matches, I had had a really feel for it already at Watford so I needed to exit someplace and play.”
From Swindon, to Colchester, to Denmark and at last now to Oriel Park, the early indicators are that Murray has lastly discovered his toes within the League of Eire after a tough few years within the sport.
Accidents, managerial adjustments and a scarcity of normal sport time might have halted his development within the sport however they clearly by no means affected his skill
Dundalk defender Brian Gartland spoke to Match of Day earlier than the season kicked off and praised Murray’s dynamism within the midfield outlining that his skill is “one thing totally different” to what he’s seen within the league earlier than.
“He got here in coaching with us for every week and performed a pre-season sport towards Drogheda and he was excellent. For a participant who hasn’t performed a sport for some time he was excellent.
“He regarded so match and so fast. He’s been so dynamic in midfield by way of what he can do. It’s one thing a bit totally different to what I’ve seen by way of gamers now we have and gamers I’ve seen within the league. It’s thrilling for us enjoying with him.”
Earlier than the beginning of the marketing campaign, comparisons have been made between the signing of Murray and Shamrock Rovers’ signing of former Manchester Metropolis midfielder Jack Byrne.
Each gamers whose younger careers, for one motive or one other, had stalled with the League of Eire an opportunity for them to rebuild and play common soccer.
Murray, who has represented Eire at U17, U19 and U21 degree, feels that Byrne’s current name up is an added incentive for himself and home gamers to proceed to impress at their respective golf equipment.
“Yeah, I believe that’s one other incentive to do properly and play properly on this league as a result of you may get an opportunity.
“Jack Byrne has executed rather well coming again and I believe coaches from the Irish setup have been at his sport the place he performed rather well towards Sligo so that you simply need to have individuals there on the proper time.
“You by no means know who’s watching your sport so it’s a superb incentive.”