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19 July 2015

Young winger part of City's 25-man squad in Germany

PLAYING a pivotal part in Colchester United's dramatic escape from League One relegation trouble has given Jacob Murphy momentum this pre-season, according to the winger himself.

Murphy started for the Us in their season-defining 1-0 win over Preston North End on the final day of the 2014-15 campaign, the last of eleven appearances during a successful loan spell with the Essex club.

The 20-year-old scored four goals in that time, and has continued his progression by joining up with Alex Neil's first-team squad for their training camp in Germany.

“That loan period for me was vital for my development," said Murphy, who also had short stints at Blackpool and Scunthorpe United last season.

"I think a lot of people here can see that. I’m thankful to Colchester, and it’s just about kicking on with Norwich now.

“I want to stay around the first-team and hopefully push to get more involved with the squad. I'll just keep taking it a day at a time and try to show what I’ve got."

Murphy has featured in each of the Canaries' three warm-up matches so far, and assisted Ricky van Wolfswinkel for his goal in Friday's 3-1 victory at Cambridge.

The winger is delighted that he's made enough of an impression on Neil and his staff to merit a seat on the plane this week.

“I was happy when I heard I was coming here. I feel like I’ve started pre-season well, I would have been a bit gutted if I didn’t come, but I’m here so the hard work has paid off so far," he told

“I’ve been pleased with my own performances. All the boys have been working really hard as well, they’ve come back really fit and that’s showed in the pre-season games. Now we’re just looking to crack on.

“It’s good for the lads to get together and it’s good to play foreign opposition, which is always a really good test for us. It will put us in good shape for the season ahead."

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