BRIAN MURPHY shot down questions over his hunger and promised: I’ll show you what I can do.
The new Pompey keeper vowed he has the desire to establish himself as first-choice keeper after his move to Fratton Park.
Murphy ended Paul Jones’ run of 173 consecutive appearances on Saturday, as Paul Cook opted to use the 32-year-old in the 3-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.
The clash was just his seventh outing since the start of the 2011-12 season – and only the Irishman’s third league appearance since October 2010.
That situation arose with Murphy operating as a back-up keeper at QPR over that period.
The former Manchester City trainee explained he was expected to stay at Loftus Road, and not go out on loan in that time.
I had the chance to go and be a number two up the leagues in the Championship. I didn’t want that. I just want to play.Brian Murphy
Murphy could have continued in that vein at Championship level this season.
But he’s instead determined to show Pompey fans what he’s capable of achieving with regular minutes.
Murphy said: ‘I think there’s been a few question marks about me.
‘People question. They think that I’m comfortable and probably earning decent money.
‘I’ve been off the radar at QPR, sat on the bench and travelling everywhere.
‘People will question whether I have the hunger to play, but need to understand the circumstances.
‘When I was number two or three, I wasn’t allowed to go out on loan.
‘If you can’t go out on loan you can’t play. It’s difficult.
‘Sometimes you can get in the comfort zone.
‘But you speak to anyone I worked with at QPR and they will tell you I was always one of the hardest-working players. I’ll always work on different things in my game.
‘Hopefully, I can show the people of Portsmouth what I’m about.
‘Hopefully, I can show why clubs like Ipswich and QPR wanted to sign me.
‘I had the chance to go and be a number two up the leagues in the Championship.
‘I didn’t want that. I just want to play.’
Murphy has agreed a deal until January, and thanked Cook for giving him the chance to prove what he can do.
Now he’s looking to build his sharpness with a run of outings to get back to his best.
‘The manager has shown faith in me,’ said Murphy.
‘I know what I can do when I’m back to my best. Over the next four or five games I think I’ll get that and the confidence will come back.
‘I’m on a short-term deal which suits everybody. It gives me game time and the club the chance to look at me.
‘The club worked hard to get me in. Now I have to work hard to show what I can do.
‘There are things to tidy up, but that will come.
‘It’s been a hectic time but now I want to do my best for Portsmouth.’