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Irish goalkeeper finds a new club after being released by Portsmouth

Brian Murphy joins Anthony Pilkington at Cardiff.

Murphy played 21 times for Portsmouth last year.
Murphy played 21 times for Portsmouth last year.
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IRISH GOALKEEPER BRIAN Murphy has signed a two-year contract with Cardiff City, ending speculation linking him with a return to the League of Ireland with Dundalk.

The 33-year-old moves to the Championship club on a free transfer after leaving Portsmouth at the end of last season.

Murphy will offer competition to Ben Amos and Ben Wilson following David Marshall’s move to Hull City.

The Waterford-born stopper left Pompey after just one season at Fratton Park when he was told a new deal wouldn’t be offered over the summer months.

“I’m delighted to be here and looking forward to getting going now,” he told the club’s website.

“I’m used to working hard and that’s what I’ll do. Hopefully we’ll push each other every day and when it comes to Saturday, you get what you deserve.”

“I’ve met a couple of the guys already. I know Conns [Matthew Connolly] from QPR a few years ago, and I’m sure over the next few days I’ll get to know them.

“I know Macca [Stephen McPhail] through the Irish connection too. He’s a great lad; he’s back playing in Ireland now and I think he’s going into coaching. What he’s come through over the last few years, and come out the better, has been great and he’s a bit of a legend here, I believe.

“I’m sure I’ll get in contact with him and find out a bit about Cardiff.”

After leaving Manchester City, Murphy enjoyed a three-year spell with Cardiff’s Welsh rivals Swansea back in 2003. From there, he played with Bohemians, Ipswich and QPR.

Murphy joins former Irish international Anthony Pilkington on the books at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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