FULHAM skipper Danny Murphy will leave Craven Cottage and join Blackburn Rovers when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder made more than 200 appearances, scoring 28 goals, for the Whites since making the switch to SW6 in 2007.

Murphy was offered a new one-year deal at Fulham, but has snubbed the offer to sign for Championship new-boys Blackburn Rovers on a two-year contract instead.

The 35-year-old said: "I have enjoyed a fantastic five years at Fulham and I'd like to thank the club and the fans for all their support.

"Now, my new challenge is to help Blackburn get promoted and repay the manager's and the owners' faith in me."

Murphy's exit is another blow for boss Martin Jol, who lost striker Andy Johnson to west London rivals QPR earlier this month.

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