Murphy told NUFC TV: “As a confidence player, they’re the things I need. I thrive off them. I was buzzing to get that first goal at Man City, and now I’m hungry for more. Hopefully, this is my breakthrough season at the club but I know there is going to be tough competition from Matty, Atsu and Rolando - but I’ll be raring to go. I feel more relaxed now. Obviously I put that pressure on myself at the start of the season because I really wanted to make an impact when I first came in but. But, looking back it now, maybe I shouldn’t have been so hard on myself. I should have just let it happen all naturally.
“Now the fans know a little bit more about me, they’ll know even more about me this coming season, too, so I’m really looking forward to it. I really enjoyed my first season in the Premier League and learned lots and lots from it. It was a massive step up from the Championship. From the start I knew it would be difficult, but maybe not as difficult. I got that run of games around Christmas time and that’s when I thought I was kicking on. But in terms of the season I feel I have settled in well. Now this season is about cementing a place.”