Ex-Motherwell star Jamie Murphy named SPL's player of the month for December

Jamie Murphy: Rewarded for his final month at Motherwell before moving to Sheffield United.

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Former Motherwell star Jamie Murphy has been named the Scottish Premier League's player of the month for December.

Murphy impressed in his final games for the Steelmen, netting five goals as the club claimed three wins and a draw for the month.

The winger subsequently sealed a move to Sheffield United but admitted he was thrilled to have ended his Motherwell career on a high.

"I won the young player of the month award once before but it's nice to win this one in my last month in Scotland," he told the Daily Record.

"It was a big month for the club and I'm glad to have made a contribution.

"The results were mostly good. I wanted to leave on a high and, although we lost at Celtic Park in my last game, we had some good results and displays prior to that."

Murphy made his Blades debut in a 3-0 FA Cup win at Oxford United and said he is relishing the challenges ahead with a side gunning for promotion to the Championship, starting with a home bow against Yeovil on Saturday.

"I knew it was a big club but I didn't really realise until I came down how big a club it is," he added. They get 20,000 crowds every week.

"The thing that struck me was that there's real ambition here and I regard myself as an ambitious person, so it should be a good fit."