Murphy: Saving Birmingham bigger than CIS Cup win

David Murphy says keeping Birmingham City up will be the highlight of his career.

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The former Hibs fullback said: "Winning the CIS Cup with Hibs last season was a massive highlight for me. To pick up your first trophy is always important and it was a great occasion.

"Maybe the 5-1 scoreline (against Kilmarnock) didn't reflect how the game went but it was a fantastic feeling although I don't remember that much about the game, just the celebrations afterwards!

"It was great to enjoy that success towards the end of three-and-a-half great years at the club who did so much for me after moving from Middlesbrough.

"But in a different sort of way staying up with Birmingham will mean as much. The Hibs cup win was massive for the club and staying up with Blues would also be a massive achievement.

"I haven't been in a relegation battle before. In Scotland I was always competing for Europe and we played in the Intertoto Cup. This is new to me but something I am relishing.

"I really believe if we stay up, we have got something here we could build on for next season. I can see things getting better if we survive. The management staff have got some great ideas. Hopefully they can realise them in the Premier League."

Murphy added: "I actually gave my signing on fee to Hibs for their academy to help develop more youngsters up there. The club was fantastic for me so I was more than happy for them to have it.

"I felt it was a fitting way to say thank you to the club for everything they had done for me. I just felt it was the right thing to do."

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