Daryl Murphy (born March 15, 1983, in Waterford, Ireland) is an Irish football (soccer) player who is currently playing for Sunderland as a forward.
He had a largely disappointing loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last season where he failed to score a single goal and looked to be out of his depth before he was recalled by Sunderland. The 24-year-old Irishman signed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light after completing a £100,000 transfer from Irish side Waterford United in 2005. Murphy won the League of Ireland Young Player of the Year award in 2005. He scored his first Premier League goal on Sunday 12 February after coming off the bench at home to Tottenham Hotspur, equalising with minutes to go. A strong pre-season performance earned him a no.11 in 2006.
Daryl scored 10 goals in the 06/07 season in the Coca-Cola championship despite being used sparingly for the early weeks. One goal on the opening day of the season against Coventry City and another on August the 12th against Plymouth Argyle. despite Daryl's goals Sunderland lost both games. Daryl scored his third goal of the season in the Black Cats' 2-1 away win over Queens Park Rangers on November 28, and then notched in successive games against Norwich City and Luton Town. Later in the season the manager Roy Keane started to consider Daryl one of his first choice strikers (the other being David Connolly. He scored a vital goal in the last few minutes of a match against Stoke City, drawing Sunderland level 2-2. He scored two goals against Luton Town on the final day of the season and also set Anthony Stokes up for his goal.
The future looks bright with Murphy continuing to improve and Roy Keane seeming to include him in his plans for the coming premiership campaign.