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Marshall Becomes Eighth New Red

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Alfreton Town have announced the signing of winger Marcus Marshall from Vanarama National League North rivals Boston United.

Marshall has signed a one year deal and is the Reds eighth summer signing.

Marshall was a youth product of then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and was included in the first-team squad in 2008 ahead of the 2008/09 season.

He made his Rovers` debut coming on as a substitute as Blackburn defeated Grimsby Town 4-1 in the Carling Cup.

In January 2010, Marshall was emergency loaned to Rotherham and became a free agent after being released by Blackburn.

He then returned to Rotherham on a permanent basis in July 2010 and scored his first career goal in a 4-1 Carling Cup defeat to Peterborough.

Another emergency loan followed at Macclesfield Town before the Millers released Marshall in May 2012.

A switch to then League One Bury followed in July 2012 before he was loaned, for his first spell, with Grimsby in November.

Marshall’s initial one month loan was extended until the end of the 2012/13 season but Bury recalled him in January and looked set to transfer him to Luton Town. However, the deal was rejected by Marshall and he returned to Grimsby for the remainder of the season.

Marshall then had spells at Morecambe before being loaned to Lincoln City for the 2014/15 season, another return to Grimsby followed in June 2015 on a one-year deal. He then signed a one-year deal with Boston United last season.

Alfreton boss John McDermott was thrilled to have secured another strong, quality signing: “Marcus was one of my first targets and I spoke to him quickly during the summer and we have kept in touch throughout. I know him well from Grimsby and he is a very, very strong signing yet again for us. I am very pleased.

“I spoke to him and he was very keen on coming to us, he was happy with the role I wanted from him and he is very excited to be here. He really made a difference for Grimsby in the play-off semi-finals before they got to Wembley. He is a game changer, he can light games up and he is another strong acquisition to the squad which is looking very good now.

“He is a very quick winger, strong, tall, excellent distribution. He can play on both sides and I feel he will settle into the system very well, our style of play is attracting some fabulous players and I am very excited to have built such a strong squad so far. We have more deals to complete so we have more additions to come and I know the fans are very excited about the players we have and I’m sure about who is next to arrive!”

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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