A VETERAN forward playing in the EFL has spoken of his start in football at Workington Reds and his upbringing in Maryport.

Maryport born centre-forward Glenn Murray appeared on the official EFL podcast last week after signing with Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day.

Speaking of his frustrations at Watford, Murray said: “It’s just part and parcel of football these days. It’s just a move that didn’t work out for every party and you move on, try and make it work somewhere else.”

The 37 year-old has become a reliable operator in his tenure. He was recruited from the Seagulls to keep Nottingham Forest, who have had their fair share of troubles lately, out of the relegation zone.

And his recruitment is doing the trick. Murray scored twice for Nottingham against Wycombe this past weekend, aiding the side in a 3-0 victory.

Murray has said in recent interviews that his experience and football-IQ from years in the game is an advantage against younger and more physical players.

The technical expertise shone through in the game against Wycome Wanderers, in the early stages of the game he chipped the ball over keeper Ryan Allsop’s head.

And he out-foxed 23 year-old centre back Josh Knight before his second goal.

On growing up in West Cumbria, he told the EFL podcast: “Throughout my whole career I’ve tried not to have an ego and I’ve tried to remain grounded coming from where I grew up in West Cumbria and seeing the other side of life as a plasterer.

“Even at the peak of my powers up at Crystal Palace, I had to play second fiddle to people above scoring 30 goals in the championship.”

Murray also looked back on playing for Workington AFC: “It used to be the Uni-Bond Premier League and the Uni-Bond First Division. Me and my dad, we often speak about that.

“Literally if they offered me a 10-year contract on a certain amount of money, I would have snapped it up just to be a professional football player.”

Murray said: “When I was starting out at 17/18, money and stuff like that it didn’t matter. I just wanted to play football for a living and to be able to do it every day and I’m lucky enough to be able to do that.”

Murray’s career hit a rough patch when he was playing for Watford on-loan from Brighton at the start of the season. He was unable to gain ground at Watford and forced to train alone due to club politics but he believes it was to experience.