Brian Murphy set for new Pompey deal

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett, right. Picture: Shaun Boggust

Pompey boss sees cause for attacking optimism

  • Murphy has made 15 appearances since joining Pompey in August
  • The ex-QPR keeper missed five games earlier in the campaign with a groin injury
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Pompey are to offer Brian Murphy a new deal to keep him at Fratton Park.

The goalkeeper is out of contract in January, having signed a six-month deal in August.

Pompey keeper Brian Murphy Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey keeper Brian Murphy Picture: Joe Pepler

Since his arrival, the 32-year-old has made 15 appearances, establishing himself as Paul Cook’s number one.

And with Paul Jones having a potential setback in his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury, Murphy’s standing in the side is unlikely to change.

Jones is suffering discomfort in his knee and is to return to his surgeon for a further assessment.

In the meantime, Cook is keen to retain Murphy on a new deal, with the length of the contract still to be determined.

At the minute with our goalkeeping situation the way it is, I think it’s important we do get some continuity there with Brian and of course competition for players, whoever that may be

Paul Cook

‘I would like to extend Brian’s contract and have him stay,’ said Cook.

‘He has made a couple of mistakes in games and when you look at those errors they are unique.

‘Kicking is one of his best qualities, it wasn’t at Wycombe, while the goal against Macclesfield is a calamitous one.

‘But he has then made a couple of good saves in those games, that shows character for a goalkeeper.

‘At the minute, with our goalkeeping situation the way it is, I think it’s important we do get some continuity there with Brian and of course competition for players, whoever that may be.

‘Paul is not comfortable with his knee, we cannot really speculate on that yet. He is not really 100-per-cent happy with it.

‘When it is like that it normally results in him going back to see the specialist and normally results in him going back in. We will see what happens.’