First off, apologies for the delay in my latest submission. I have been off on my jollies, picking up random animals I didn't know existed, some random illnesses and jet lag for good measure. I've been away from all things Rovers for a few weeks now which I think we can all admit is not exactly the worst thing to ever happen.
Unless of course you don't like me or find my blog entries entirely useless, in which case I'm back with bells and whistles on... unlucky.
What has struck me as bizarre in the last few weeks is not the usual madcap goings on at the club, the hiring of genuine basket case Shebby "Steven Gerrard is a right back" Singh, the continued persistence with Salesman Steve as manager or the stowaway antics of our circus trained owners but in fact an event that has occurred in the last few days.
Namely the arrival of Fulham's Danny Murphy. (NB - That's not Danny above, if it is he's not aged well)
Why? Well because on the face of it this is actually... wait for it... a highly impressive coup. Yes, it stands out all the more because it is a rare sighting of a shrewd move from a group of people who have found them harder to come by than an insightful Andy Townsend comment, but credit where credit is due we've actually bagged a good one.
And quite frankly after suffering through months of David Goodwillie, Radosav Petrovic and Scott Dann and being tortured by the mental anguish of being associated with Myles Anderson and Bruno Ribeiro we deserve a little bit of a smile - even if it is only fleeting.
Murphy by all accounts would still be a very suitable fit for a Premier League side, in fact for what it's worth there was valid top division interest in his services so it makes his defection to Rovers all the more baffling, especially as we'll spend the next campaign being smashed around by the cloggers of Ipswich and Peterborough (sorry guys, love you really). Still we've stumped up the cash for him having spent six months saving it up by selling anyone decent and offered him a longer stay than anyone else... Whatever it takes I guess.
His arrival is actually a decent start for the rebuilding of a now Championship Rovers side given that he is the type of player you can build a team around. He's got a wise head, he's experienced, has feet that can still go and is the owner of a very serviceable passing range. And our midfield is fairly garbage, put Rik Waller in there and I am not sure it would get any worse at present.
(That was Danny by the way.)
Sure he's cracking on a bit but the average age of the squad is currently about 12 so I'd assume it is fair to say we could do with a few ageing rudder men to steer an enthusiastic but inexperienced vessel.
Amazingly there's even been CRITICISM aimed at the transfer, where would we be without it?
Apparently he's too old (He's 35. Too old for what exactly?), apparently he's too injury prone (42 appearances in 2010/11, a further 48 in 2011/12), apparently he's crap (ask the fans of Fulham, they'll tell you otherwise). Given the turmoil at the club I am not surprised we're a sceptical gang but it's almost as if we're now classically trained to search for something wrong in everything in life.
Taken in it's purest form the signing of the former Crewe trainee is simply a good move, they've got very little right so far have our esteemed footballing veteran friends over in India but this has to go down as a tick in a sparsely populated column of their footballing spreadsheet.
If and when the mass exodus of the current playing staff kicks in I think we'll be in a lot better position to assess whether this has been quite as clever stunt as it appears at present, but that won't happen for a few weeks yet - so for now let's crack on with complaining about all the genuine ills and problems that engulf the club.
Because signing Danny Murphy isn't one of them.
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