RONAN Murray is hoping to be soon given his first start for Swindon after scoring his second goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Morecambe on Saturday.
The Irishman’s composed finish in the latter stages of the second half ended all hopes of a fightback by the Shrimps and ensured Town extended their unbeaten run to 15 games.
Paolo Di Canio has used Murray as an impact sub since he joined from Ipswich on loan deadline day towards the end of last month, but two goals in his last two games will certainly give the Town boss plenty of food for thought.
And while Murray accepts that he has had some catching up to do with his new teammates in terms of fitness levels, he now feels ready to get 90 minutes under his belt.
“It has been very much about the training recently because I had been playing reserve football at Ipswich and it is not the same as playing competitive football,” he told the Advertiser.
“I am just getting the fitness back in training and looking to get as many minutes as possible on the pitch.
“I feel ready to start but that is up to the gaffer so I will just do my stuff in training and that is all I can do.”
After labouring to a 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers, Town showed great character to produce a professional performance and comfortably see off Morecambe at the weekend.
And Murray believes their performance proved that he and his teammates are always striving to better themselves at every opportunity.
“It was a brilliant win for the lads,” he added. “We knew we had to put in a performance after last weekend and the gaffer said all week that we had to improve and I feel the lads showed on Saturday they had the spirit to bounce back.”
Murray, who has made four appearances for the Robins, will stay at the County Ground until January 14.
And the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is loving every minute of his time in Wiltshire so far.
“My time here has been brilliant,” he added. “It is a great club, there is a great bunch of lads here and I am really enjoying it.”