Newcastle United’s latest summer signing reveals why he ‘turned down’ Celtic and Brighton

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Alex Murphy, for the first time, has spoken about his summer move to Newcastle United after joining from League of Ireland side Galway United.

Summer signing Alex Murphy has revealed why he decided to join Newcastle United, despite reported interest from elsewhere.

The Magpies won the race for the 18-year-old’s signature after agreeing a deal to sign the defender in May.

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Academy manager Steve Harper was quick to point out that Murphy “had attracted a lot of attention from clubs” - reportedly Brighton, Celtic and Torino - and it was a “real coup” and “testament” to the direction in which the club is heading under the new owners.

Murphy played his final game for Galway on Friday - ending in a 3-1 win over Cobh Ramblers - before linking up with Elliot Dickman’s under-23s for their pre-season camp in Spain.

Reacting to his move to St James’ Park, Murphy told NUFC.co.uk: “I’m over the moon to be joining Newcastle. It’s a massive club to be signing for.

“Twelve months ago, I maybe couldn’t see myself in this position but it’s a dream come true to join a Premier League team.

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“When I came into the academy a few months ago for the first time, I just got a really good feel for the place and everyone made me feel welcome. They had a good chat with me, showing me strengths, weaknesses and what I need to improve on which was a big thing for me wanting to join straight away.

“I wouldn’t say it was difficult to move away from Galway (United) because when they (Newcastle) came in, I knew I would go immediately but I’d say it was difficult leaving friends, family and moving to a new country.

“At the end of the day, though, this is what I want to be doing and I’m looking forward to the challenge. The goal is to get into the first-team as quickly as possible.

“While I’m here, I aim to play as many games for the under-21s and then maybe go out on loan if they wanted me to.”

Murphy could get his first minutes in Newcastle colours when the second string take on La Liga outfit Elche on Saturday.

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