Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy talks about falling out of love with football

Mark Duffy of Sheffield Utd is tackled by Luke Murphy of Burton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Sheffield United at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2017 in...

Luke Murphy is currently on a season-long loan with Burton from Leeds.

Luke Murphy of Burton Albion and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Norwich City at Pirelli Stadium on December 30, 2017...

Leeds United loanee Luke Murphy told the Burton Mail that his time at the Elland Road saw him lose his love of football until he joined Championship minnows Burton Albion on loan.

The 28-year-old was frozen out last season at Leeds by Garry Monk, which saw the midfielder join Nigel Clough's side for the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.

He impressed in black and yellow, helping the Staffordshire-based club avoid relegation to League One last season. He since rejoined the club on a season-long loan this time around, even captaining the side on occasion.

Nigel Clough manager of Burton Albion looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Norwich City at Pirelli Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

Murphy, who joined Leeds in the summer of 2013 from League Two side Crewe Alexandra, claimed that he had lost his enjoyment of football at Elland Road but that returned upon his move back to Burton.

"It's great playing every week and playing in a team where you know you can look to the man next to you and know that he's ready to go into battle with you," Murphy said.

"Everybody's got each other's back and it's just the enjoyment of it for me really. I was at a period in my career at Leeds where I wasn't playing. I wasn't really enjoying the game and I think last year I came to Burton at a perfect time for me.

"And it really helped me get back to loving the game again."

James Wilson of Brighton & Hove Albion battles with Luke Murphy of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United at the Amex Stadium...

Murphy has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, becoming a mainstay of the Brewers side.

The midfielder still remains a Leeds player, though, with his contract at Elland Road set to expire in the summer of 2019. The Daily Star claimed a year after his extension in 2016 he is earning £10,000 a week.

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