QPR's Brian Murphy open to loan move if not chosen as second-choice keeper
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QPR's Brian Murphy open to loan move if not chosen as second-choice keeper

IRISH goalkeeper Brian Murphy has revealed that he would consider going on loan from QPR, if he is not favoured as Harry Redknapp’s second-choice stopper this season.

Robert Green is currently QPR’s number one keeper, but with Julio Cesar returning from a loan spell in Toronto it’s a waiting game for Murphy.

"I'd like to think I'm second choice at the moment," said Murphy.

"I really don't know what will happen when Julio comes back but I think I've done well when I've been called upon, which hasn't been as often as I'd like.”

He has started only one league game for QPR in the last four seasons, but the 31-year-old was recently called upon during the club's pre-season fixtures, which included a 4-0 win over Shamrock Rovers on Saturday.

Murphy will have to wait and see whether he will feature when QPR’s Premier League campaign begins against Hull City on Saturday 16 August, however, he is determined not to remain on the side lines if Cesar is selected as Redknapp’s number two.

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"Last season, two or three clubs wanted to take me on loan but, being number two at the time, the gaffer wouldn't let me go.

"Obviously, if I'm number two, I'll be happy enough. If not, then I'll have to look at doing something like going on loan."

The former Ipswich Town keeper also has hopes of international football, but is aware that his desire to play for Ireland depends on the amount of match practice he receives at club level.

"The important qualifier games are coming up and there's not many goalkeepers playing on a regular basis at a high level," he said.

"If the opportunity comes up, well then great. But I can't really say I should be in the Ireland squad because I haven't done enough over the last few seasons to justify it."