Cobblers win race to sign winger Marshall

Cobblers have made their first addition of the January transfer window after snapping up free agent Mark Marshall on an initial contract until the end of the season.

Saturday, 25th January 2020, 4:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th January 2020, 5:25 pm
Mark Marshall

Marshall, a pacey and tricky winger by trade, was released by Gillingham on Thursday and becomes Keith Curle's first signing since the transfer window opened on New Year's Day.

Other clubs were rumoured to be interested in his services, including League One sides Blackpool and Wycombe Wanderers, but Cobblers have won the race for his signature.

The 32-year-old joined Gillingham in the summer and made 23 appearances in all competitions , the last of which coming as a second-half substitute against West Ham United in the FA Cup third round earlier in the month.

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His contract at Priestfield was due to end after Gillingham's game against Rochdale today (Saturday) but the club announced their decision to let him go on Thursday.

Manager Steve Evans explained: “Mark has been a great professional in his short time with us. At times he has been unfortunate and we all wish him every success in the future.

“With the lowest budget in League One we have to try our best to make sure every penny we spend on players gives maximum value so hopefully we can add to the squad in the key areas I have identified.”

Marshall has over 350 career appearances and is very familiar with the PTS Academy Stadium having featured for Coventry when they played at the ground in 2014. He also scored against the Cobblers for Bradford in 2017.

His other clubs include Swindon Town, Coventry City, Port Vale, Bradford City, Charlton Athletic and Gillingham.

Marshall has recent experience of winning promotion after leading Charlton to the Championship last season, playing 29 times. He also helped previous club Bradford reach the League One play-off final two seasons earlier.

Marshall will be available for Tuesday's home game against Scunthorpe United.