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MARSHALL | “Hard work, honesty and hopefully I can give the fans something to smile about"

Posted: Sat 17 Jun 2017

Charlton's second summer signing is delighted to be back down south and wants to build on what he achieved last season

“Hard work, honesty and hopefully I can give them something to smile about,” the words of Charlton Athletic’s new signing Mark Marshall when asked to explain what Addicks fans can expect from him.

The winger had a confidence about him when he walked around Charlton’s Sparrows Lane training ground on a beautiful Thursday evening.

This confidence comes off the back of an impressive season that saw him lead a Bradford team to the brink of promotion. Six goals, nine assists and a Bradford Player of the Year award were not a bad return for the winger but he wants more next season.

Promotion is his goal but he decides not to reveal his personal targets: “I never like to reveal my goals. First and foremost I want to get in the team and then once I’m in the team I want to try and get some goals and assists.”

Marshall should be familiar to regulars at The Valley. He dazzled in the first half of Bradford’s 1-1 draw against Charlton in March.

Karl Robinson admits: “He was excellent in the game at The Valley, we found it very difficult but were much better in the second half.”

And now Charlton fans will get to see his skill, pace and ability on a regular basis and Marshall, a local lad, is very excited to begin his Charlton career.

He said: “It’s a dream come true, as a youngster you always want to play for a local team and being back home and being around a big club with a big history, it’s a big thing for me. I’m looking to come and hit the ground running.

“It’s one of the teams I grew up in and around and you always want to be a part of it.

“I like the style of football Karl plays. I’ve played against him on many occasions and he’s always had a passing style of football that’s progressive and attractive. It is a great opportunity to work under him and hopefully we can achieve the goals that we both want to achieve and that is promotion.”

As Marshall walked around the club’s Sparrows Lane training ground, he pointed out the various areas he used to come to when he was young, to play or to watch. It’s not just the training ground, currently looking more like a building site as it undergoes redevelopment, that looks familiar. He’ll also recognise a former Bradford teammate when he turns up for his first day of training.

“We work well together,” he said, “Billy [Clarke] plays in the hole. In the system at Bradford we used to rotate from time-to-time. He’s a very good player and has got a very good touch, good vision, so it will be interesting to try and get that rhythm again and bring something to the team.”

Rather surprisingly, another familiar face at The Valley will be midfielder Joe Aribo. Marshall explained: “Joe lives a couple of doors away from me and we go into the cages together. Before he became a pro you could see he had a lot of talent and he’s been given the chance here to do it, so hopefully he can excel.”

The father of two is delighted to be playing for a club he knows so well and is so familiar with.