Murphy finalises City switch

17 January 2008 06:08
Birmingham City have completed the £1.5million capture of Hibernian left-back David Murphy. The 23-year-old defender passed a medical at St Andrew's on Thursday evening and has returned to the Premier League after three-and-half years with the Edinburgh club. Murphy began his career with Middlesbrough where he made 13 first-team appearances before joining Hibernian in summer 2004. "He wants to prove himself in the Premiership," Blues manager Alex McLeish told the club's official website. "Any time I've seen him in Scotland over the past two or three years he's a full-back who likes to get forward but has obviously got good defensive qualities as well. "He's a player I've admired for a long time and I made enquiries to see if he had any Scottish blood in him when I had the Scotland job because we would have certainly brought him into the fold with the national team given the displays that we saw up there." However, Murphy may not be in the squad to face Chelsea on Saturday after missing the festive period with a hamstring problem. "He's not done much this week and he's not played for a couple of weeks also with a hamstring injury so there's no point in making any decisions at this point," added McLeish.

Source: ESA