Bradford Bulls: Murphy will be on Ram-page next season as he looks to prove himself at Dewsbury (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Bulls: Murphy will be on Ram-page next season as he looks to prove himself at Dewsbury
Two weeks ago, Jobe Murphy spoke of his anguish and heartache at leaving the Bulls.
The homegrown second-rower was left facing a life outside of Super League after his contract expired and he was not offered a new one.
But as one door closed, another one opened when he was handed a one-year deal with Championship outfit Dewsbury Rams, the Bulls’ dual-registration partnership club, for 2014.
The 20-year-old made a handful of appearances for Glenn Morrison’s men in 2013 and said: “I feel comfortable at Dewsbury because I know all the lads and it’s a club on the up.
“They made the play-offs this season and they’re only going to get better, so it was always a good option for me.
“I’m still young and keen to learn and I didn’t think there was anyone better to learn from than Glenn Morrison.
“He’s been there and done it and is obviously applying that now in his coaching role.
“If I get a good run of games, and have someone who can get the best out of me, then I can hopefully show what I’m really about because I never really got that chance at Bradford.”
Murphy made his first-team debut in a televised home win over Castleford in February but went on to make only three more appearances for Francis Cummins’ side.
Murphy was not. He took to Twitter to express his disappointment.
“I wasn’t expecting the same sort of send-off as someone like Jamie Langley, who was a fantastic servant to the club, but to not even get a mention was a bit sickening,” he said.
“I put my body on the line and did everything that was asked of me, so to get no acknowledgement was a bit of a kick in the teeth.
“I would have appreciated something but it wasn’t to be and I hold no grudges. I’m close friends with a lot of the lads there and I wish them all the best for the season ahead.”
Murphy is hoping to play regularly for the Rams and his desire should hold him in good stead.
He said: “I learnt a lot at Bradford and it started from a young age when John Hamer, a former Bradford player, coached me at Siddal.
“The attitude he instilled in his players was to put in the hard work first and those fundamental values will always stay with me.
“I hope that it showed in the little game time that I’ve had.
“I want to be one of the first names on the teamsheet because you know what you’re going to get with me – 100 per cent, week in and week out.
“I enjoy the physical aspect of it and, although it looks pretty scoring all the tries on the wing, it’s up the middle where the platform is laid.
"Obviously there are a number of other people who have been doing it for many years and I’m not saying I’m the world’s greatest. But coming to Dewsbury is an opportunity to get game-time, show that I’m a good player and I’ll be doing that in a good team.”
Leaving the full-time professional environment of Super League has forced Murphy to examine his career options.
He is considering working as a personal trainer. Labouring is another option.
“I want to be earning money and be an active person because sitting around doing nothing won’t do me any good at all,” reasoned Murphy.
“Whether it’s building or working in a gym doing personal training just to tide me over, because I’ve got all my qualifications. There are a number of possibilities.
“Have I still got the desire to get back into Super League? Oh, definitely.
“That will never go. Maybe I got too comfortable at Bradford and thought I was set in stone there.
“But obviously I’ve had to go back to the drawing board and improve on what I’ve done so far and come back better for it.
“I’ve only got a one-year contract at Dewsbury and I know I need to play well to prove myself before I even think about the year after.”
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