Huddersfield Town sign Joe Murphy from Coventry City

The out-of-contract Coventry stopper will provide competition for Alex Smithies

Joe Murphy after completing his move to Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town have completed the signing of keeper Joe Murphy on a two-year contract with the option in the club’s favour of a further year.

The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international is out of contract at Coventry, where he played under current Town manager Mark Robins.

Having released Ian Bennett, who could yet return in a coaching capacity, Town are keen to provide competition for Alex Smithies.

Dublin born Murphy has also been at Tranmere, West Brom, Sunderland and Scunthorpe.

He played in the 2000 League Cup final for Tranmere, one of 75 appearances for the Birkenhead side.

He featured six times for West Brom, where he moved in 2002 and who loaned him to Walsall before a 2005 transfer to Sunderland.

Murphy had another loan stint at Walsall before joining Scunthorpe in 2006.

He made 227 appearances for the Iron, helping them win promotion from League I in 2007 and 2009.

The move to Coventry came in 2011, and he has played 156 games for them.

He was with West Brom when given his first Republic cap as a late substitute in the 2-2 draw against Turkey at Lansdowne Road in September 2003.

And he was a Scunthorpe player when handed his second, again from the bench, in the 3-0 win against Algeria at Dublin’s RDS Arena in May 2010.

Town academy product Smithies, 24, was an ever-present this season.

Lloyd Allinson, aged 20 and yet to make a first-team appearance, provided back-up for Smithies and Bennett last season.

Town have offered 19-year-old development keeper Ed Wilczynski a new deal.

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