Released Arsenal striker making a name for himself in Holland

Arsenal released Rhys Murphy in the summer - Here's what he's up to nowadays.

Like every summer, Arsenal released a batch of players in 2012, some like Manuel Almunia who had past their shelf life and usefulness to the club. Others like Gavin Hoyte who had simply failed to make the breakthrough to the first team.

While Hoyte is nowadays playing his trade with Dagenham and Redbridge in League Two, another of the discarded players has taken an altogether different route.

Striker Rhys Murphy, who attracted attention as a teenager scoring 17 goals in 21 games for Arsenal's academy, never made a first team appearance for the Gunners and at the age of 21 was let go last summer.

Instead of looking to the lower leagues in England, where he had spent loan spells with Brentford and Preston North End, he decided to head to Holland.

He was offered a contract with Telstar, a Dutch second division club which counts Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink among its former players.

To date, from a personal level at least, it's a case of so far so good. Murphy has taken the number 11 shirt for the club and is one of the leaders of their attack.

While Telstar sit 14th in their division, out of a possible 18, Murphy is a key contributor in what they have been able to achieve, netting five goals in 17 league games, while also providing one assist.

His first goal was the winner against Excelsior in 1-0 win back in August, a platform which he has been able to build on.

Two of his goals have been penalties, showing he has the confidence to step up and take the pressure for his team when it matters.

His contract with Telstar expires at the end of the season, but does have an extra option to extend for a further 12 months, but don't be surprised to see him move onto a bigger club if an offer comes in for his services.

Murphy is a former Republic of Ireland under-21 international, scoring twice in seven games at the level, and no doubt harbours ambition to win a place in the senior set up.

As he continues his journey, keep an eye out for the name, while he's had to take a step downwards after leaving Arsenal, there is every chance he can re-climb the football ladder to success.

Watch him scoring a penalty for Telstar below...

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