Marshall eyes longer future at Morecambe after season of upheaval

Marcus Marshall in action for Grimsby in the FA Trophy final Picture: Carl Gac
Marcus Marshall in action for Grimsby in the FA Trophy final Picture: Carl Gac

New Morecambe singing Marcus Marshall is looking for a more settled time at the Globe Arena after a move to Bury didn’t work out as planned. Adam Lord spoke to the former Blackburn and Rotherham man.

Twelve months ago Marcus Marshall was putting pen to paper on a deal with Bury.

Marcus Marshall

Marcus Marshall

But it was a move that was almost doomed from the start for the former Blackburn Rovers youngster with then Gigg Lane boss Richie Barker leaving for Crawley only weeks later.

He soon joined Grimsby on loan and turned down a chance to join Luton in January after impressing at Blundell Park.

A season of upheaval means the pacy wide man is looking for a bit more consistency at the Globe Arena after signing a two-year deal to become the second new arrival at the Shrimps this summer.

“It’s nice to have two years,” he said.

“I only signed a year for Bury and you’re not that secure, you’re always worrying about what’s going to happen.

“Hopefully for this two years I’ll be a bit more settled and can just enjoy myself.

“The new manager at Bury (Kevin Blackwell) came in and didn’t really take to me.

“So I went on loan to Grimsby and did well before Luton came in and put in a good offer.

“But at the time I thought it wasn’t right and I’d rather stay enjoying my football and see what happens at the end of the season.”

Marshall isn’t unfamiliar with Morecambe having played at the Shrimps’ former home Christie Park when it was where Blackburn Rovers played reserve games.

And the man who came through the ranks with the likes of Manchester United’s Phil Jones will have some familiar faces in the dressing room too.

He played with the Shrimps’ new giant Frenchman Tony Diagne while on loan at Macclesfield in 2012 and was with Kevin Ellison at Rotherham.

It was Ellison who was the first point of contact when it came to Marshall’s move to the Globe Arena.

“The gaffer (Jim Bentley) had a word with Kev,” he said.

“He told me there was some interest and I quite fancied the move as well.”

And once Marshall met with Shrimps boss Bentley, he says he no hesitation in signing despite offers from elsewhere.

“I’ve always wanted to work with Jim,” he said.

“He works well with youngsters and thinks he can get the best out of me and I hope that’s true.

“He brought me up here and showed me around and sold the place to me to be honest.

“There was a few other offers but this is the best for me I think.”

So what can the Shrimps expect from a man who likes to take on defenders and has an eye for a spectacular goal?

“Flair, pace, trickery and I’m direct,” said Marshall.

“I hope to add a few more goals to my game as well.

“I’m best wide on the right but I started as a striker at Blackburn and slowly got pushed out to the wing.

“I haven’t played up front in a while but I’m sure I could do a job.”

As for next season, Marshall believes the Shrimps should be aiming high.

“It looks great here,” he said.

“The stadium’s looking great, the grass is looking great.

“I’ve seen all the facilities and it’s top rate for League 2.

“I don’t see why we shouldn’t aim for promotion.”