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Luke Murphy says he's already back in training at Leeds United

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Luke Murphy

Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy made 38 appearances last season.

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy has told Leeds United’s official site that he is already back in training to ensure that he is in the best shape possible for pre-season.

Leeds’ season only finished a few weeks ago, but Murphy is keen for the action to start back up again now.

The central-midfielder believes that he has had all the rest he needs, and now wants to make sure he is fit enough to cope with the demands of pre-season.

“I’ve had a holiday, I’ve had a rest mentally and physically and I’ve come back into Thorp Arch,” Murphy said. 

Bakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action with Scott Wootton (R), Luke Murphy (C) and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United

“It doesn’t feel that long ago since we were training here.

“The break has been nice but you do get bored, so you look forward to coming back in and getting started again.

“It’s important to keep yourself ticking over – there are four or five lads in today doing the same.

“If you come in and you haven’t been doing anything at all throughout the off-season, then you’ll definitely feel it.”

Murphy’s future at Leeds is not entirely certain, with Garry Monk taking charge at Elland Road.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Murphy is likely to be kept on at the Yorkshire club, but his place in the starting line-up is not secure.

The former Crewe man has failed to hold down a starting spot in Leeds’ team over the past few seasons, and he was generally used as a rotational player by Steve Evans.

The 26-year-old made 38 appearances for Leeds in all competitions last season, and he has now been with the Whites for three years.

Murphy is likely to be in competition with the likes of Toumani Diagouraga, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt for a first-team place next term.

Luke Murphy scores the first goal for Crewe

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