Date: 5th February 2016 at 2:13pm
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Darryl Murphy is the One to Watch as Rangers host Ipswich Town this weekend

Name: Daryl Murphy

Date of birth: 15.03.1983

Former clubs: Waterford United, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday (loan), Ipswich Town (loan), Celtic, Ipswich Town (loan), Ipswich Town.

Appearances (goals): 366 (82)

After finishing as the Championship`s top scorer last season with 27 league goals, it took a while for Daryl Murphy to rekindle his scoring touch this campaign, as he failed to find the net in his opening 13 matches.

A hat-trick in a 5-2 win away at Rotherham United in early November has since been followed by a further five league goals, as he looks on course to hit double figures for a fourth time since arriving in English football.

Having come to prominence with hometown club Waterford United in Ireland, Murphy sealed a move to the Premier League in the summer of 2005, when Mick McCarthy signed him for newly-promoted Sunderland.

It was a tough start for the forward, which included a one-month loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, and only one goal for the Black Cats as they were relegated after picking up just 15 points.

Ten goals the following season helped Sunderland make an immediate return to the top flight as champions under Roy Keane, which was closely followed by the first of his 15 caps for the Republic of Ireland in May 2007.

The next two-and-a-half years in the Premier League proved disappointing for Murphy, who managed just three goals during that time, before joining Ipswich Town on loan for the second half of the 2009/2010 season.

Reunited with Keane, now in the dugout at Portman Road, he couldn`t have gotten off to a better start, netting in each of his first three matches, the second of which was a winner in a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road.

His time in the North East would come to an end that summer, as Neil Lennon parted with a fee believed to have been in the region of £1.5 million to bring him to Celtic, the club he had grown up supporting since a boy.

Unfortunately for Murphy, a disappointing season ensued, as the club failed to reach the Champions League group stages, lost out to Rangers in the title race by one point, while he failed to make a single appearance in the club`s successful Scottish Cup campaign.

After 21 appearances and just nine starts for the Glasgow club, yielding three goals, Murphy returned to the Championship, linking up once again with McCarthy, who had replaced Keane at Ipswich, on a season-long loan in August 2011.

That loan was extended by a further season ahead of the 2012/2013 campaign, with Murphy clocking up 72 Championship games and 11 goals over the two years, as Ipswich finished in 14th and 15th respectively.

After his release from Celtic following the expiration of his contract, Murphy joined the Tractor Boys permanently on a two-year deal, the start of what has turned out to be a fruitful goalscoring period.

Alongside David McGoldrick, the duo netted 29 goals between them during the 2013/2014 campaign, 13 of those coming from Murphy, as McCarthy`s side finished just four points short of the play-off places.

Having been rewarded with a new two-year deal at the end of the season, few would have predicted his goalscoring feats ahead of last year, as Ipswich finished in 6th place, before losing out to Norwich City in the play-off semi-finals.
His outstanding form saw him named in the 2014/2015 Championship team of the year, while he was handed another improved two-year deal following reported rejected bids from Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday.

While the goals have not flowed quite so freely this term, Murphy will be desperate to add to his tally between now and May to ensure his place in the Republic of Ireland squad for the European Championships in June.

With six of his eight strikes this season coming away from home, and having scored in two of his five visits to Loftus Road, he should provide a more than adequate threat to the QPR backline on Saturday afternoon.

By @RyanJoForrester