Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has declared that he is enjoying his football again after a frustrating spell at Tottenham.

The experienced campaigner has reignited his career since Roy Hodgson arrived at Craven Cottage and has impressed having taken over the captaincy from Brian McBride in the summer. The 31 year-old is confident that Fulham can easily avoid being sucked into a relegation dogfight this term – and believes he is playing some of his best football in recent years at the moment.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of responsibility on my shoulders in terms of the captaincy and my role in the team. I’m probably fitter and stronger than I’ve been in a while because last season was my first full one after an indifferent time at Spurs.

“I think we’ve got a better squad now than we’ve had before. I just want to be part of a successful season and not go through the emotions of the last one. We’ve got a lot of players who are hungry and keen to succeed in this division.”

Murphy and Jimmy Bullard have won rave reviews for their cultured displays at the heart of the Fulham midfield, but the club captain insists he wants to judged on results.

“While we don’t always play with the quality we want, that is the aim, and we hope that it is the right recipe to get results because we need to find that balance. We don’t just want to be a pretty footballing side and not win games, we want to be both.”