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Taking It On The Chin

After 11 seasons with the club, amassing close to 500 appearances, Peter Murphy was dealt the news by Greg Abbott earlier this week that he wasn't being retained by Carlisle.

Murphy, as he told The News & Star, has outlined just how it went when Abbott told him he was being released after playing 477 games (making him the second highest appearance maker in the clubs history, saying: 'There were players in and out, so I didn't really see any of the others. You have time slots. So I came in and had a chat with the gaffer. We talked about a couple of different things, obviously as the ice-breaker, then it was down to business.

'He said, 'I'm not gonna be able to offer you a contract'. I wasn't given any prior indication whatsoever but given my situation, with three centre-backs already signed up, and all the stuff coming out of the club about money, money, money, I was open to the possibility.

'I'm a grown man, I know that's the way things happen - it's football, it's the business we're in. I said to the gaffer, 'Don't worry about it'. He said, 'No, no, I do worry about it'. He said a few nice things about me personally. That was nice to hear, even though ultimately I wasn't getting good news. I actually felt sorry for the gaffer, because he was getting a bit upset himself. It can't be a nice part of the job.

'It felt strange leaving, after that. Because I've been here so long, and loved it, it's hard to take. It was hard seeing other people around the club, because they didn't know what to say to me. At the moment it's a bit fresh, so I'll have to pop my head in to see a few people a bit later on. Today, I just wanted to get out of there, because it was a bit upsetting.'

In spite of all that Murphy showed his measure by taking time to give thought to others that were released, in particular Frankie Simek. He added: 'The only other player I did see was Frank Simek. I feel for him. He's got a baby due in July and he's not getting offered a contract. It will be tough for him.'

The 32-year-old has no intention of calling it a day though and is already thinking about his next move. Going "anywhere" is a feasible option for the defender, however uprooting his family too far wouldn't be his priority but he's open to this.

All in all he put things into perspective, as much as he has technically been "made redundant and therefore doesn't have an income any longer he had a "things move on, nobody died, mentality.

Murphy will always remain a club legend, it's a sad day but was always a day that would one day come. Everyone will wish him well for the future.

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Date:Thursday May 2 2013

Time: 12:07PM

 

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