Scunthorpe United goalkeeper Joe Murphy is determined to end the yo-yo existence of his footballing life since arriving at Glanford Park in the summer of 2006.

In his first season Murphy played a key role in the Iron's promotion to the Coca-Cola Championship, but a year later they were relegated back to League 1.

Another promotion, this time through the Play-Offs, was achieved last term and now the 28 year-old former Tranmere Rovers, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland keeper is aiming to help establish Scunthorpe as a Championship club.

"We've made a decent enough start to the season," said Murphy as he looked ahead to Saturday's visit to bottom-but-one club Plymouth Argyle.

"But we started really well last time we were in the Championship," he added, "and we were in the top six at the same stage of that season. We were still in the top 10 at the end of October but then fell away, so nobody's getting carried away right now with the good run we had until we lost at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night."

The Iron had enjoyed a five-match unbeaten run before going down 2-0 at Forest, where Murphy had to be substituted after sustaining a dead-leg injury that he hopes will be cleared up in time for him to face the Pilgrims.

The Republic of Ireland international, who has been a virtual ever-present since his move from Sunderland, said: "I hate missing matches and I just hope I'm passed fit.

"It's been great since I came to the club, playing week-in, week-out, and that's definitely helped me to improve my game.

"I'm a better player than I was when I arrived here and I'd say that we've also got a better squad than we had last time we were in this division.

"Having played at this level before is certainly a help - we feel more comfortable as a team this time and I'm confident we can hold our own.

"After losing at Forest though, it's important we get another run going and it would be nice to go into the international break on the back of a good result
at Plymouth. That could set us up to have as good a month in October as we did in September.

"We're 17th in the table at the moment and in the longer term, if we were to finish the season in the same position that would be okay. But we can hopefully push on higher than that and give ourselves a season of really strong consolidation."

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