Waterford FC have confirmed the signing of former Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy.

Murphy had a previous spell at his hometown club between 2002-2005, before going on to play for Sunderland, Celtic, and Newcastle United, amongst others, during his time in the UK.

He also scored 3 goals in 33 caps for his country before retiring in January 2018.

"It's great to be back, It was always in the back of my mind to finish my career here," he said in a statement released by the club.

"I’m delighted and looking forward to getting stuck in. I'm not too sure if I’ll feature against Pat’s, I don’t want to get stuck in and rush back when I might not be fully able for it.

"Training is tough and hopefully all going well, I’ll be able to get stuck in soon."

Murphy celebrates a goal against Moldova in October 2017

The Blues currently lie eighth in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League, four points ahead of Cork at the bottom.

They're due to host St Patrick's Athletic on Friday night at the RSC.

"He's a massive, massive signing," said manager John Sheridan of his new recruit.

"Every club in the country would be delighted to have someone of Daryl’s calibre at their club. His attitude and professionalism speaks for itself.

"I’m hoping he can impart some of his knowledge of the game on this dressing room and give the lads a much-needed boost.

"As I’ve said, we’ve a good bunch here capable of competing at the top end. Some results and decisions haven’t gone our way but we’re working on changing that now."