Grimsby Town winger Marcus Marshall puts frustrating week behind him
MARCUS Marshall wants to pick up where he left off and help seal Grimsby Town’s Football League return.
The 23-year-old was back in a Mariners shirt on Saturday for Town’s 0-0 draw at Cambridge United.
His return to action brought to an end a “frustrating” week for the winger, which saw him recalled from his loan spell with Town after parent club Bury had accepted a bid for his services from Luton.
But after rejecting the Hatters’ advances, Marshall says he is delighted to be back at Blundell Park – adding that the chance to play a part in the club’s promotion push was too good an opportunity to pass up.
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He told the Telegraph: “It was a long week waiting for things to get sorted. I was in limbo and I didn’t know what was happening.
“There was a dispute between the two clubs about where I was supposed to be.
“It was massively frustrating. A lot of people were asking me what was going on but I couldn’t say anything so it was tough. All I could do was sit there and let the clubs sort it out.
“Luton came in for me – it’s nice to know that people are interested as that shows I’ve been doing my work on the pitch and people have been noticing.
“I spoke with them, but nothing came of it. I said ‘no thanks’. Finally, we’ve sorted it out and it’s great to be back at Town.”
The former Blackburn trainee admits that his loan spell with the Mariners has helped to re-ignite his career and love for the game.
“Now I’m here it’s a case of picking up where I left off,” he continued. “Grimsby are on for promotion and I’m glad I’m going to be part of that.
“It’s also nice to feel welcome at a club. When I was recalled, all the Grimsby fans were tweeting me asking me to come back and it was nice to hear.
“For the past two years, I’ve been in and out, not knowing what’s happening, but now I’m at a club where I’ve got a regular place, the gaffers seem to like me, the fans seem to like me, and I like the club.
“I am out of contract at the end of the season, but I’m just taking each game as it comes and looking to do as well as I can and hopefully get the team promoted – that’s the aim.”
Marshall was drafted straight back into the Mariners side for the clash at the Abbey Stadium.
It was a result that extended Town’s lead at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table to two points and continued the side’s impressive unbeaten run.
And while Marshall admitted three points would have been the ideal way to cap his return to the side, he was happy with a solid away point.
He added: “It was nice to get a point on Saturday – three points would have been the icing on the cake. A point away from home is always good.
“I had a week and a bit of rest and only trained a couple of times with Bury, but I felt fine on Saturday. It was a tough, physical game against Cambridge but I felt it went okay.
“Now we move on again with tomorrow’s game, which should be interesting!”
In a twist of fate, tomorrow night, Marshall will come up against the team who tried to tempt him away from Blundell Park when the Mariners welcome Luton in the Quarter-finals of the FA Trophy.
Marshall added: “It’s going to be a funny one obviously with everything that’s gone on, but it’s about not focusing on the occasion and playing your own game and that’s what I’ll be looking to do.
“It’s only three games until Wembley so we’ll be looking to win tomorrow and then try to go all the way.”