Hartlepool Utd star determined to keep shirt ahead of Bury clash

Paul Murray
Paul Murray

NOW he’s back in the team, Paul Murray insists he’s there to stay – even if it does upset one or two team-mates.

The stalwart anchorman had to settle for a place among the substitutes during the opening two matches of the season.

But Murray was never going to get on terms with such an arrangement and, once restored to the side, set about nailing down a starting jersey.

His return has meant player-of-the-season Antony Sweeney being nudged to a wide-left position with Andy Monkhouse, a regular during the early part of the campaign, dropped to the bench.

Murray, though, is simply concentrating on taking care of his own situation.

“Like anyone, when you’re not in the team you’ve got to take your chance and I’ve done that,” the 35-year-old told SportMail.

“I’m still playing catch-up a little bit as well because I only played about 120 minutes during pre-season.

“I missed the first two but still played a decent part coming off the bench.

“I’m back in now and hopefully I’ll be staying in.

“At this stage of my career I want to play football, I don’t want to be on the bench.”

Full story in Wednesday’s Mail