Chelmsford City have signed striker Rhys Murphy.

Having impressed since coming to the Clarets on-trial – including scoring against Grays Athletic in Tuesday night’s friendly, the club have agreed terms with Murphy for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Murphy began his career with Wimbledon before switching sides in London to Arsenal. The 6ft 1in striker remained with Arsenal – albeit apart from two loan spells at Brentford and Preston North End – between 2009 and 2012.

The 27-year-old traded English football for Dutch football when he signed for Telstar in June 2012, before signing for Dagenham & Redbridge, Oldham Athletic, Crawley Town (loan) and AFC Wimbledon (loan).

The former Republic of Ireland and England youth international moved to Forest Green Rovers in July 2016 but, with first-team chances limited, the striker opted for temporary moves to York City, Crawley Town and Torquay United, before eventually joining Gillingham in January 2018.


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