Luke Murphy relishing his latest challenge at the University of Bolton Stadium

After switching counties from the White Rose to the Red, Luke Murphy is itching to get started under Phil Parkinson at Bolton Wanderers.

The central midfielder joined on a two-year deal earlier this week after departing Leeds United on August 1.

He had previously spent five years at Elland Road, making 103 appearances and hitting the back of the net seven times.

The 28-year-old spent the last season-and-a-half on loan at Burton Albion meanwhile in 2016/17 and 2017/18 before returning to the Yorkshire outfit for pre-season.

And speaking about his summer schedule so far, he said: “I’ve trained every day and played a few games for the Under-23s - it’s not been ideal, but you have to make the best of the situation.

“Coming here though, I just can’t wait to get started. I can't wait to feel part of something special.

"The season starts on Saturday, so it’s a quick turnaround, but I just can’t wait to get started and do my best for this club."

When asked about why he chose Wanderers, Murphy responded: “Looking at the squad for this year, it shows real potential and the direction the club is going in is positive. Speaking to the manager, it was an easy decision in the end."

He continued: “It’s obviously a fantastic club that’s been in the Premier League - even though last season just stayed in the Championship, that was a false position for them in my eyes."

Finally, Murphy reflected on his meeting with manager Phil Parkinson before joining the Whites.

Speaking optimistically about the gaffer’s plans, he said: “I was really impressed, I’ve known of him for a few years now without actually knowing him, so it was nice to actually talk to him face to face and hear his ambitions for the club.

"The team is moving forward this year and everything he said I really liked, so it really was an easy decision to come here."

Read Time: 2 mins