Nathan Murphy, born 1 November 1992, is a left-back who plays for NIFL Championship side Newry City He had previously played for Belvedere in Dublin.
He made his League of Ireland debut for Dundalk, aged just 16 years and 307 days, with an injury-time appearance in a 3-0 defeat at Derry City on 4 September 2009, and went on to make a further seven appearances that season. These performances led to interest from a number of UK clubs.
On 28 January 2010, he appeared for the FAI Schools U18 side in a 3-1 friendly win over Australia. Later in the year, he also played against Northern Ireland, Wales and England in the Centenary Shield.
Under Ian Foster, he made a total of 13 appearances in all competitions for Dundalk in 2010, bringing his total senior outings for the club to 21. One of his 11 starts during the year was against CS Grevenmacher at the Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City in the UEFA Europa League. Just over a month after the season ended, Nathan signed a one-year professional contract with the club.
Due to a long-term injury to Eoghan Osborne, Nathan played a large part in the 2011 season, appearing in 43 of the club’s 50 competitive games, of which he started 39.
He is believed to be the youngest Dundalk player to reach 50 competitive appearances for the club, a feat he achieved against St. Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on 10 July when he was 18 years old.
It was confirmed on 8 January 2012 that Murphy had signed a new one-year deal with Dundalk, and that he would be used as a left-winger that season. He made his 50th league appearance against UCD at Oriel Park on 23 March 2012 and scored his first goal later that season during an away game at UCD.