Rhys Murphy’s move to National League rivals Southend United is official.

The Essex club confirmed the Yeovil Town top-scorer for the past two seasons will join the Shrimpers when his
contract expires at the end of June.

Speaking to Southend’s website, Murphy said: “It’s nice to get the move sorted nice and early so there’s no stress over the summer and I’m already looking forward to getting in, meeting everyone for pre-season and getting started.

“There’s been a few noises about the move and it’s been kept quiet until now so it’s nice to finally have it announced and start meeting the fans so to speak.

“I came and met the manager and coaching staff and was really impressed with them. We shared the same goals of where we want to go with the club. I know it’s been a tricky couple of years, but it wasn’t long ago this club was challenging for Championship football and there’s no reason why it can’t get back to those days.

“Obviously we’re not there right now, but I’m really excited to a part of the journey and hopefully being part of getting the club back to where they were.”

Murphy joined the Yeovil from Chelmsford City on a two-year deal in the summer of 2019 following the Glovers’ relegation out of the Football League.

In his first season he scored 20 times in 33 appearances to fire the club to the National League play-offs despite the season being cut short.

This season he managed 13 goals in 31 appearances despite being missing for long period due to injury and illness.

All of us at the Gloverscast  thank Rhys for all the goals and the job he did for us – we just wish it could have ended better.

Who could replace Rhys Murphy? Here’s our if, but, maybe, probably not guide – click here.

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