MURRAY WANTS TO FIGHT FOR PLACE AT MTFC
Adam Murray want to fight for place at Mansfield Town
By Nottingham Post, November 02, 2013
ADAM Murray insists he wants to stay and fight for his place at Mansfield Town.
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The 32-year-old midfielder was the man who captained the Stags to the Conference Premier title and promotion back to the Football League last season.
But things have not worked out as Murray would have wished at the start of the League Two campaign, in terms of game time with Paul Cox's side.
And he ended up going out on loan at Evo-Stik First Division South side Rainworth Miners Welfare to get some game time.
There was talk he might stay on longer with the Wrens and even help out with their new coaching initiative, but the former Oxford man has told the Post he is does not want to throw away all his hard work put in during his second spell at the One Call Stadium.
"I've decided I want to stay at Mansfield Town and fight for my place," said Murray.
"I've been here too long and put in too much effort and focus and the place is to much in my life just to walk away and give it all in.
"Whether I'm going to be involved in the plans or not, that's not my decision but I will put myself forward and then it is out of my hands."
Murray has been training with the youth team this week but, despite picking up a knock on Tuesday, the ex-Derby County trainee says is he fit and ready if needed.
"If I'm not in his (Cox) plans then I'll obviously look to go on loan to get some football but, at the minute, I want to stay," he added. "You never know what's round the corner.
"After the season I had last year, it was one of my own personal most successful seasons, I think as a captain and an assistant manager of a championship winning team I expected to kick on again.
"But things haven't gone to plan, but there's a lot left in me and if I am given the chance to show that then I am sure I will.
"Any talk about my contract being paid up I have turned down, I want to crack on with my job at Mansfield Town."
Murray was talking after being named as a runner-up in the 'Footballer of the Year' category at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards. See Tuesday's Post for a souvenir 16-page pull-out from the event.
Nottingham Forest's Reid wins Footballer of the Year as Murray celebrates Mansfield Town's success
By Nottingham Post, November 05, 2013
Posing with awards: Professional footballer of the year runners-up Jamal Campbell-Rice (second left) and Adam Murray (second right) with Ian Storey-Moore (right) and Dr Nik Kotecha (left) of Morningside Pharmaceuticals.
ALREADY a contender for player of the season at Nottingham Forest, when we are not yet half way through the Championship campaign, Andy Reid's influence cannot be understated.
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And the 31-year-old Irishman won the Professional Footballer of the Year Award at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards evening at the East Midlands Conference Centre.
Reid, who was not present to pick up the award, has produced some dazzling performances in the first quarter of the season for the Reds which have been integral to the bright start the team made under Billy Davies.
Reid, in his second spell at the club, initially came into his own last season, not least amid Forest's revival in form following the return of Davies in February.
And while Reid was unable to collect his trophy on the night, runners-up Jamal Campbell-Ryce, the Notts County star winger, and Mansfield Town's Adam Murray were both present to reflect on their fine years individually.
Murray was the man who lifted the Conference Premier trophy high above his head to signal Mansfield Town's return to the Football League after a five-year absence.
Last season's skipper, who was also assistant manager, helped to inspire the team to embark on a fabulous winning run at the end of the season that shot them up the league standings to the BlueSquare Bet Premier title.
And the midfielder said it was a night to take time out at the Awards to reflect on a great achievement for himself and the Stags.
He said: "I think sometimes in sport, especially in football, you get caught up in the moment, and it's nice sometimes to look back and have as look at what you actually achieved and how you went about it.
"I think sometimes when you give that much to one kind of single focus you actually get lost in, not just the game, but life in general.
"It's things like this (the Awards) that gives you an outlook on what you've actually achieved as a team and an individual."
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