Peter Murphy falls under the spotlight in the latest of Dale Jenkins' features on new arrivals.
After eight years at Accrington Stanley, the 24 year old signed a two-year contract with Wanderers in June 2014 with an option of a third year based on appearances.
The 6ft Merseyside-born utility player is known for his versatility and can operate anywhere across defence and midfield.
After joining Stanley as a 16 year-old in July 2007, Murphy established himself as a first team regular and went on to make 176 first team appearances, scoring 18 goals.
Initially Murphy spend the end of the 2007–08 season on loan at Northern Premier League side Prescot Cables, making six appearances before signing his first professional contract with Stanley in April 2008.
Last season was perhaps Murphy’s most impressive to date, as he notched a total of nine goals including a number of last minute strikes to earn Accrington priceless points in their battle against relegation. Murphy scored a brace in a 2-2 draw with Portsmouth at the Crown Ground in August 2013 and later in the year fired home a last minute winner at local rivals Morecambe in a crucial 2-1 victory. Wycombe fans will also remember Peter heading home a controversial last minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw between the two sides in Lancashire.
In February 2014 Murphy scored a last minute winner at the Memorial Ground in a 1-0 success over Bristol Rovers. It was indicative of a remarkable team spirit that saw Accrington comfortably avoid relegation on a comparatively small playing budget. This would later prove a critical result as Wanderers pulled off a minor miracle at Rovers’ expense and staved off relegation to the Conference on the final day of the season.
Highly regarded by Stanley fans, Murphy left with an appreciative and reflective message thanking Accrington for providing him with his first chance in professional football. Joining Wycombe as a hungry 24 year old, Murphy will be looking to enhance his reputation as a tough tackling utility player capable of scoring goals from both defence and midfield.