Murphy makes Blackburn move

  • Last Updated: June 25 2012, 16:25 BST

Blackburn have made their first signing of the summer by bringing in Fulham captain Danny Murphy on a two-year contract.

Danny Murphy: 'A pivotal signing' said Kean

The 35-year-old returns to the north-west, where he previously played for Liverpool and Crewe, having also spent time at Charlton and Tottenham before his move to Craven Cottage.

"Being able to bring Danny on board is a massive boost for everyone and I couldn't be more delighted," manager Steve Kean, preparing for life after relegation from the Barclays Premier League, told rovers.co.uk.

"His record is there for all to see. He is a model professional, who has a real hunger to keep on playing football and we are thrilled he has decided to commit his future to us.

"This is a pivotal signing for us."

Murphy said he was excited about the challenge ahead for him and his new club.

"I am absolutely delighted to be signing for Blackburn Rovers," he said.

"When meeting Steve Kean I soon realised the passion, enthusiasm and ambition he has for the club and how much he wants the team to bounce straight back up to the Premier League.

"His desire to get me to the club was a huge factor in my decision to join.

"The owners were also very passionate about their desire to move Blackburn forward as a club and create a squad that is able to achieve promotion.

"I'm excited about my new challenge and can't wait to get started.

"I have enjoyed a fantastic five years at Fulham and I'd like to thank the club and the fans for all their support.

"Now, my new challenge is to help Blackburn get promoted and repay the manager's and the owners' faith in me."

Danny Murphy factfile:

1977: Born March 18, Chester.

1993: Scores on his senior debut for Crewe as a 16-year-old, netting the winner in a 4-3 victory against Preston.

1997: Signs for Liverpool for an initial £1.5million. Makes debut on opening day of the 1997-98 season as a substitute against Wimbledon.

September: Makes England Under-21 debut v Moldova.

1998: Returns to Crewe on loan.

2001: Part of the Liverpool side that wins the treble of UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.

November: Makes England senior debut in a friendly against Sweden.

2002: Scores first England goal in the 4-0 win against Paraguay. Liverpool finish second in the Premier League.

Called up for England at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea but forced to withdraw with a metatarsal injury.

2003: Wins League Cup with Liverpool and voted supporters' player of the season.

November - Wins last of nine caps for England against Denmark.

2004: August: Signs for Charlton for £2.5million.

2006: January: Moves to Tottenham in £2million deal.

2007: August: Leaves White Hart Lane for Fulham.

2008: May: Scores winning goal against Portsmouth on the final day of the season to ensure Fulham's top-flight survival.

Made captain by manager Roy Hodgson for the 2008-09 season and helps guide Fulham to seventh and European football.

2010: May: Part of the Fulham side that reaches the Europa League final where they lose to Atletico Madrid.

Is an ever-present for the Cottagers in the 2010-11 season.

2011: January: Signs contract extension to remain at Craven Cottage until summer 2012.

2012: June 25 - Signs for Championship side Blackburn on a two-year deal.