Blue Square Bet
Published 29th May 2012
.....Square Bet Premier club until the end of the 2012/13 season.
Marriott made just ten starts for the U's last season, netting three goals, but spent a productive spell on loan at Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division neighbours Cambridge City towards the end of the campaign.
Manager Jez George was pleased to secure the services of the 21-year-old striker for another season and urged Marriott to make the most of the U's Centenary season.
"I'm pleased that Maz has signed a new contract," George began. "He's one of ours and we still believe that he has the ability and potential to excel at this level.
"Maz and I have had a couple of good discussions regarding his future and he is under no illusion as to what we expect from him next season.
"Maz has shown the character we look for in all of our players in the way he has handled contract negotiations. Our discussions have not been about money but rather what he needs to do to progress in his career.
"He has always expressed his desire to stay and we are both pleased he has committed to the Club for another twelve months."
Suggesting that Marriott was perhaps a victim of his own success at a young age, George said: "Because Maz scored so many goals for CRC and came through our youth scheme he has probably suffered from too much hype and expectation in the last couple of years.
"He is still young and we just want him to work hard, develop his game and be an effective player for the team," he said. "Contrary to public perception, Maz is a quiet, humble, respectful character who is also very popular with all of the players and staff.
"His laid back persona on the pitch can sometimes be misinterpreted as arrogance but off the pitch nothing could be further from the truth. We just want Maz to become a more dynamic, hard-working player to complement his technical qualities and fulfil his undoubted potential.
"Competition for places, especially at the front end of the team, will be intense next season. Maz has the ability to get in our starting XI, but only if he works hard and applies himself every day in training and in every match. He needs to be effective against every type of opposition, in all conditions, rather than when the game suits him."