Local defender Nathan Murphy is hoping to land his second league winners medal of 2013 after rejoining Dundalk.
Murphy played a minor part in Rock Celtic’s MDL Premier Division title success recently after joining the Seagulls near the end of their campaign.
And he is hoping that lightning can strike twice after rejoining the title chasing Lilywhites recently.
“I went to Rock to try and get some game time”, said Murphy. “I only played twice and that was in big games against Duleek and Woodview Celtic. We went on and won the league so it would be nice to do the same now I’m back at Oriel.”
Murphy’s return to Oriel park came after an eight month absence. The 22-year-old played in last year’s relegation play-off win against Waterford United but wasn’t offered a contract by Stephen Kenny when the former Shamrock Rovers boss took over at Oriel Park in December of last year.
However the departure of Eoghan Osborne opened up a vacancy in Kenny’s squad and Murphy said he was delighted to be back at a club that are in a completely different situation than the one he left.
“The transformation has been incredible”, he said. “Last season we were fighting to stay up and now we’re fighting for the title. The lads who have come in, Fastfix and Ciaran Bond, have really turned the place around. It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
Dundalk sit in second place ahead of Friday night’s visit of Shamrock Rovers but nobody outside of the two seems to feel that Stephen Kenny’s men are realistic shots to land their first title since 1995.
According to Murphy, that suits the Dundalk camp sown to the ground.
“It’s great that people feel that in Dublin or wherever”, he said. “Hopefully they keep saying that and we can go on and cause a real shock.
“We picked up 22 points in the last round of fixtures and if we can pick that up in the final round of games then we will have a great chance.”
First up in the final series of games is Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.
“If we can beat Rovers it would put us 10 points head of them which would be a massive gap”, said Murphy.
“Oriel Park will be rocking and no opposition player wants to play there when the crowd is up for it.”