Daryl Murphy reveals how reluctant Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was to let him join Newcastle United

Daryl Murphy has revealed how he couldn’t resist the offer to join Championship new boys Newcastle, despite the efforts of his former boss Mick McCarthy.

Murphy, who signed a two-year-deal with the Magpies just three days before transfer deadline day, returns to the North-East following a five-year spell with rivals Sunderland.

And the 33-year-old has revealed how reluctant Ipswich gaffer McCarthy was to let him go.

The forward said: “Obviously it wasn’t easy, but as I said to the manager, I said, ‘I can’t turn down this opportunity, it’s not going to happen to me again’, and I think he understood that.

“Obviously he didn’t want me to go, but I think he understood that I’m not going to get that chance again.”

Murphy enjoyed a prolific spell with the Tractor Boys following his permanent move from Celtic in 2013, bagging 50 goals in 123 games.

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