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Luke Murphy

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

21/10/1989

Height

188 cm

Signed

04/09/2020

Country

England

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Crewe Alexandra welcomed back their former captain following his release from Bolton Wanderers. The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal after training with his first club over that summer.

As a former Academy graduate, Murphy, scored 25 goals in 186 appearances for the Railwaymen after breaking into the first-team in December 2008. He would become a key member of the club’s promotion winning side of 2012 and would captain the club the following season in League One.

He would enjoy his most productive season during the 2012-13 campaign, scoring 9 goals and providing 12 assists on the club’s return to League One. Murphy would lead the club to success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final, scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Southend United at Wembley before completing a £1 million move to Leeds United that summer.

The skilful playmaker spend five seasons at Elland Road, making over 100 appearances in the Championship, but a succession of different managers at Leeds saw him loaned out to Burton Albion on two occasions.

Murphy joined Bolton in August 2018, scoring twice in 45 games during his two seasons with the Trotters.

Murphy has regained the captain’s armband this season and continues to be a key component of the Alex midfield.

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