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Marshall Joins Nash – Two Re-Sign

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Curzon Ashton have announced the signing of Paul Marshall from Vanarama National League North rivals Alfreton Town.

Marshall, a central midfielder by trade, played a pivotal role in securing Alfreton’s safety in the National League North last season, making twenty-five appearances in the 2016/2017 campaign.

Marshall is a prodigy of the Manchester City youth academy, and made his first professional appearance for Blackpool whilst on loan.

Paul Marshall

The Manchester-born midfielder has also appeared for Port Vale, Walsall and Rochdale, whilst gaining vast amounts of non-League experience with Droylsden, FC Halifax Town, Stockport County, Bradford Park Avenue and Alfreton.

His non-League experience will be essential for the Nash, as the club enters its third successive season in the National League North.

Manager John Flanagan said: “We are delighted to secure Paul. He is a quality footballer with a good background and has played loads of non-League in plenty of good sides.

“He will fit right in with the way that we play. He should suit us – and we should suit him.”

Meanwhile, youth team captain Oliver Thornley, who broke into the first-team at the end of last season, has committed to Curzon for 2017/18 on senior forms.

A strong commanding intelligent footballing centre-back that the club hold in very high regards, Thornley’s challenge now is to establish himself as a first team regular.

Thornley scores from 80 yards in a friendly at Fleeetwood –

He follows Joe Guest, who was the first player from last season`s squad to put pen-to-paper for the upcoming campaign.

The recent managers` player of the season, Guest is a focussed and determined player.


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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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