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HAPPY DANNY

Posted on 1 February 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy said it was all 'happy thoughts' going through his mind when he reflected on his first day at the Club following his transfer from Charlton Athletic late last night.

Danny Murphy said it was all 'happy thoughts' going through his mind when he reflected on his first day at the Club following his transfer from Charlton Athletic late last night.

The midfielder has admired the work of Martin Jol over the last 14 months and is delighted he is now getting the chance to be part of the team's development - and hopefully success - over the coming seasons.

"Lots of happy thoughts because it is an opportunity for me that maybe I didn't think would come again," said Danny when asked for his views on joining.

"It is a fantastic club, one going in the right direction with a great Head Coach.

"There are great young players at the club and I wanted to be part of that because I think everyone can see this season that things are going the right way.

"Fingers crossed, European football will be at the Lane next season and it is an excellent chance for me. I am thrilled to be here and can't wait to get going."

Danny took the Charlton option when he left Liverpool 18 months ago but is now very much looking forward to the prospect of pulling on the white shirt when his debut-day arrives.

"Unfortunately there are always circumstances surrounding each time you do move in football," he reasoned. "One thing that has never been different is the quality this club possesses in terms of its facilities, supporters and players.

"Most people would acknowledge the club has really moved forward quickly under Martin over the last 12 months or so. The amount of good young players here can only bode well for the future and, if older players like myself and people like Edgar Davids, can help to get the blend right then the mix should be good.

"I know from the past, especially when I was at Liverpool, that the older professionals are the ones you learn off."