Norwich City’s Josh Murphy is not looking forward to emotional MK Dons farewell

Josh Murphy tussles with former Norwich City team-mate Bradley Johnson in MK Dons Championship game

Josh Murphy tussles with former Norwich City team-mate Bradley Johnson in MK Dons Championship game against Derby County earlier this season. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City's highly-rated starlet Josh Murphy has no regrets over a season-long loan switch to MK Dons which will end with the third relegation of his young career.

The Dons' Championship fate was sealed at the weekend, with Murphy part of the side who lost 4-1 at home to Brentford, to join already relegated Charlton and Bolton.

Murphy has been one of the few bright spots, scoring seven goals and creating eight assists in 44 senior appearances.

The 21-year-old spent time last season at Wigan, who were also relegated from the second tier, while his breakthrough campaign at Norwich ended in demotion from the Premier League in 2014, but Murphy admits it will be tough to cut his ties with the Dons as he looks to force his way back into Alex Neil's plans.

'I've loved it, absolutely loved it,' he said. 'I keep saying to the boys it is going to be emotional when I leave and go back to Norwich because I have made friends for life and it has been a great experience being with this team and the manager and his backroom staff. I have really enjoyed it.


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'It would be nice to sign off in a good way and my game is all about trying to bring goals and assists. If I can get a couple of both in the last few games that would top off my season.

'The fans have been magnificent. I didn't expect that given the way our form has been up and down this season but they have stuck with us through the bad times and they have always been in good voice. I can't personally thank them enough for the support they have given us this season.'

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MK Dons' Karl Robinson is under no illusions it will be tough to bounce back.

'I think it is time for an overhaul right through the football club,' he said, speaking to his club's official site. 'People who have been here a long time off the pitch need to stand up and be counted and on the pitch I think it might be an end of an era. We haven't been good enough off the pitch or on it at times. Relegation gives you a desire to move forward because nothing can feel lower than this.'

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