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500 UP FOR DANNY

Posted on 31 March 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy is set to join the 500 club - and he's determined to write another chapter in his career at Spurs.

Danny Murphy is set to join the 500 club - and he's determined to write another chapter in his career at Spurs.

The midfielder snapped up from Charlton in the January transfer window goes into this afternoon's clash at Newcastle United on 499 career appearances.

A product of Dario Gradi's youth system at Crewe, Danny made his debut for the Alex in 1993 and went on to make 181 appearances before his big switch to Liverpool in 1997.

He played 249 times for the Anfield side before moving to Charlton at the start of the 2004-05 season and made 64 appearances for the Addicks before his switch across London to the Lane.

His substitute appearance against West Brom on Monday made it 381 league games and 118 in various cup competitions and play-offs and he’ll make it to 500 if he plays any part at St James Park.

So how did it feel to be one game away from that landmark? "To be honest, it makes me feel a little old!" smiled Danny at Spurs Lodge this week. "It makes me feel pleased as well because over the years I’ve been fortunate with injuries and I’ve always tried to contribute in terms of keeping myself fit and doing the right things off the pitch.

"To play that many games is fantastic really because I remember when I was younger my aim was just to become a professional footballer.

"I'm really pleased to get to 500, it's something I should be proud of and that's not the end - I'm only 29 and I've got another three or four years in me.

"Hopefully now I'll get a few games under my belt here at Tottenham and become an important player at this club.

"That’s the most important thing now - not what I’ve done in the past but what I’m going to do in the future."

It was pointed out to Danny that if he was to retire now he could look back on a successful career - and his time at Spurs had only just started.

"Exactly," he said. "That's what I said when I came to Spurs, it’s a great opportunity for me and it’s about trying to add another chapter to my career.

"It's up to me to keep working as hard as I’ve done in previous years to maintain a level that means I’m going to play well and consistently well.

"With the competition for places currently at the club it’s important I do that because I don’t to come here and make up the numbers, I want to be an integral part of the team.

"It’s a massive part of my career and I want to be successful, I don’t just want it to just fade out."