Peter Murphy: Morecambe can spring a surprise like Wycombe

Jim Bentley welcomes new signing Peter Murphy to Morecambe. Picture: Matt Rushton
Jim Bentley welcomes new signing Peter Murphy to Morecambe. Picture: Matt Rushton

Peter Murphy is hoping his play-off experience can help fire Morecambe to the sharp end of League 2.

The new signing from Wycombe was part of the Chairboys side that lost out to Southend in the play-off final at the end of last season.

And now the former Accrington man hopes that his day of the grandest of stages can help the Shrimps make the jump from mid-table to the top seven.

“You’ve seen in League 2 before that it’s not set in stone that teams who are the favourites go up,” said the 25-year-old who has penned a two-year deal.

“I want to take a lot from what I learned last year being involved in the changing room of a side at the top of the table.

“It’s a great place to be and there’s no reason with the players Morecambe have got that they can’t do that.

“I think for any club in this league it should be the aim.

“You go into any game thinking you’re going to win and I don’t see why that should change here at Morecambe.”

As for all players, playing at Wembley was the realisation of a dream for Murphy, who scored the opening spot kick in the shoot-out defeat.

“It was a tough one but a great experience,” said the Liverpudlian.

“I’ve been to Wembley as a kid to watch Everton when they’ve been in semi-finals and finals and that’s where every kid dreams of playing.

“To take a penalty just added to it despite the result.”

Having featured regularly for Wycombe it was a surprise to some that Murphy left the club 12 months into a two-year contract.

Once the decision had been made to move on however, Murphy quickly decided that Morecambe was the place for him despite other offers.

“It’s happened very quickly really,” he said.

“My season only ended two weeks ago and I spoke to the chairman and manager at Wycombe.

“Towards the end of last season I wasn’t playing as much as I’d like and this is an opportunity to play games again.

“The manager (Jim Bentley) and Kenny (McKenna, assistant) impressed me with what they had to say and what they want to do.

“I want to be part of it.”

Often tagged as a utility man earlier on in his career, Murphy has made a name for himself in central midfield, first at Accrington, then Wycombe, over the last couple of years.

“The last two seasons I’ve played centre midfield and scored 16 goals,” he said.

“I felt it could have been more and maybe should have been.

“The gaffer’s brought me in as a midfielder but he knows and I know that if he wants me to do a job anywhere then I’ll happily to do it.”

Shrimps fans will hope any progress next season includes that long-awaited Football League win over Murphy’s former club Accrington Stanley.

Like Padraig Amond and Lee Molyneux before him, Murphy, who has scored three goals against Morecambe, believes it is a run that has to end sooner rather than later.

“I’m aware of the record, I certainly was when I was at Accrington but now I’m at Morecambe,” he said.

“When you’re at Accrington you want to keep that record going but I’ve joined Morecambe I want to bring it to an end.

“We’ll see what happens but we’ll do our best to make it happen.”