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Paul Murray

Number 20

D.O.B.

31/08/1976

Birthplace

Carlisle

Position

Midfielder

Signed

August 2010

Fee

Free

International

England U21 (4 Caps), England B (1 Cap)

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With Hartlepool leaking soft goals and lacking strength in the middle of the park for the last couple of seasons, new coach Mick Wadsworth moved to bring in Paul Murray on trial.

The defensive midfielder was all set to sign for Workington Reds until Hartlepool came calling and offered the released Shrewsbury man a chance to continue his long career in the Football League.

The veteran midfielder started his career at Carlisle, before a five year spell with Queens Park Rangers. He then went on to play for Southampton and Oldham, where he was just shy of making a century of appearances for the Lactics.

After a two year spell abroad in Portugal, he returned to Britain where he rejoined Carlisle and later moved onto Gretna before they folded in 2008. This was followed by a successful 2-year stint at Shrewsbury.

Despite reservations about his age, Murray immediately won fans over with a series of terrier-like performances in the middle of the park, adding some much need bite to a previously soft Pools midfield and quashed questions about his fitness, making 41 appearances in all competitions.

Page last updated 23/07/2011
Click here for Paul Murray's profile at In The Mad Crowd

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