Brighton striker Glenn Murray is flying high in the Premier League goalscoring charts having started off his season tremendously scoring six goals, just one behind table topper Eden Hazard.
Murray bagged Brighton’s winner yesterday in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wolves in what was his 100th goal for the club he has spent seven seasons at.
The 35-year-old is a player who worked his way up the English football league ladder before eventually making it to the Premier League where he has proven to be a huge success.
Speaking on Goals On Sunday following Brighton’s victory, Murray outlined that when he first began his career at Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina, USA, his only goal was the return to English league football, something that a man very familiar to Irish football fans allowed him to do.
“The dream was always to come back and play in the Football League because that’s what I’d grown up watching,” began Murray.
“I never imagined I’d make it in the Football League but things happen, don’t they? Mick McCarthy came out on a pre-season tour with Sunderland and invited me back.
“I wasn’t for him, unfortunately, but he said ‘anyone you want me to call?’ I said ‘yeah Paul Simpson (Carlisle manager) please’ I called him, six weeks later he called me up and said ‘fancy coming for a reserve game?’ I scored and the rest is history.
“It was all basically a knock on effect from Mick McCarthy coming out to America during pre-season.”
"I never imagined I'd make it to the football league."
Glenn Murray discusses how he moved from USA to English football.
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Murray went on to sign for Carlisle before moving to the likes of Stockport and Rochdale, signing for Brighton in January 2007, where he spent four seasons in League One, with the dream of Premier League football still extremely far away.
After excelling in League One Murray made the move to Championship side Crystal Palace and after 30 goals in their promotion-winning season, the striker made his Premier League debut in 2013/2014.
“I’ve been blessed because my career’s always been a steady incline, I never had too many falls,” Murray explained as he spoke about his rise from the Conference to the Premier League.
At 35-years of age, it’s difficult to see Murray playing too much longer at the highest level but he has certainly proven that he is a striker who belongs at the top level, but if it wasn’t for Mick McCarthy perhaps his dream of playing in English football would’ve never come true.