Cork City complete Darren Murphy signing

The new Leesiders boss has made his first signing since taking over the reins at Turners Cross and believes that the Cork native is exactly the type of player the club needs
Cork City have completed the signing of midfielder Darren Murphy from English Conference National outfit Woking.

The 28-year-old Cork native re-joins the club for his second spell, having previously played for the Leesiders in 2007 and 2008.

Speaking to the club's official website, new Cork City manager John Caulfield described Murphy as "a winner" and believes that the signing shows the club's desire "to be very competitive."

"This signing shows our intention: we intend to be up at the top this year and to be very competitive. We need winners, and I believe that Darren is the first of the signings we will make that is a winner," said Caulfield.

Murphy began his career at Cobh Ramblers and has enjoyed spells with English clubs Stevenage, Port Vale and Macclesfield Town. Now 28, the midfielder revealed his "love" for his hometown club and said that he was impressed by Caulfield's "passion and enthusiasm."

"John's passion and enthusiasm made me want to sign straight away," Murphy told the club's official website. "We share the same views: he wants to win and I want to win, and I think we'll gel together well.

"There's always going to be a love in my heart for Cork City. I'm still in touch with a couple of the lads that I played with here, I always watched games when I was back and I always wanted them to do well."