BURTON ALBION have re-signed Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy on a season-long loan.
Murphy completed the second half of last season at Burton and will spend the whole of the 2017-18 campaign with Nigel Clough’s side with his career at United effectively at an end.
The former Crewe Alexandra player – a £1m signing in the summer of 2013 – has two years remaining on the revised contract he signed in 2015 but he played only once for Leeds last season, in a League Cup win at Luton Town, and appears to have no future at Elland Road.
United have already recruited one central midfielder this summer in Poland international Mateusz Klich and the club are in negotiations to take number 10 Samuel Saiz from Spanish club Huesca SD.
Murphy, 27, arrived at Elland Road amid much fanfare four years ago when Leeds paid a seven-figure sum to take him from Crewe and he made over 100 appearances in his first three seasons with United.
He took part in pre-season training at Thorp Arch last week but has been ruled out of the club’s plans by new head coach Thomas Christiansen.
Murphy, who first joined Burton last January and helped the club avoid relegation from the Championship, told Albion’s official website: “I’m happy to get it done as soon as possible.
“I kept in touch with the gaffer (Clough) during the summer, even if it was just a text to ask how my holidays were, and when he called and said there was a chance that Leeds were happy for me to come back, I said there was nowhere else I’d rather play at this moment in time.
“Leeds made it clear that I wasn’t in their plans. It didn’t look like I was going to get much game time there so coming here was a bit of a no-brainer for me.”
“Leeds made it clear that I wasn’t in their plans. It didn’t look like I was going to get much game time there so coming here was a bit of a no-brainer for me.”Luke Murphy