Brighton & Hove Albion winger Jamie Murphy hopes that playing Premier League football will aid his international ambitions with Scotland.
Murphy highlighted the magnitude of gaining promotion to the top flight, and how he is more determined than ever to break into Gordon Strachan’s squad on a regular basis, after being named in the provisional squad to face England in June.
“It’s always been an aim of mine to play for Scotland. I’ve been called up a couple of times and not managed to make an appearance yet, so that’s the next step on the ladder for me to get that appearance.”
Murphy reflected on the changes to pre-season training throughout his career, and stressed the importance of maintaining good fitness during the off season too.
“You have to keep on top of your fitness levels throughout the summer. When I started a good ten years ago, it wasn’t quite like that, but with the way football is going, with all the sports science, you need to keep your shape in all year round.
“There is a lot of ball work, whereas I came into pre-season before and didn't touch a ball for almost two weeks.
“To get the balls out on the first day is a big thing, as it gets you back into your rhythm. There’s a lot of ball work and there’s the odd run here and there.
“You can do all the running in the world, but it’s not the same as running in a game. It’s more about getting fitness and getting a rhythm for what you’re going to do.
“It’s important to get some touches on the ball especially in that first pre-season game, so it’s about trying to build up from there.”