Alfreton Town have completed the signing of winger Marcus Marshall from Boston United.

Marcus has signed a one year deal and is the Reds eighth summer signing.

Marshall was a youth product of then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and was included in the first team squad in 2008 ahead of the 2008-09 season. Marshall made his Rovers debut coming on as a substitute as Blackburn defeated Grimsby 4-1 in the League Cup.

In January 2010, Marcus was emergency loaned to Rotherham and became a free agent after being released by Blackburn. Marcus then returned to Rotherham on a permanent basis in July 2010 and scored his first career goal in a 4-1 league cup defeat to Peterborough. Another emergency loan followed at Macclesfield Town before the Millers released Marcus in May 2012.

A switch to then League One Bury followed in July 2012 before Marcus was loaned; for his first spell, with Grimsby Town in November. Marshall’s initial one month loan was extended until the end of the 2012-13 season; Bury recalled in January and looked set to transfer Marcus to Luton however the deal was rejected by Marshall and he returned to Grimsby for the remainder of the season.

Marcus then had spells at Morecambe before being loaned to Lincoln City for the 2014-15 season, another return to Grimsby followed in June 2015 on a one year deal. Marcus then signed a one year deal with Boston United last season.

John McDermott was thrilled to have secured another strong, quality signing; he spoke to Amar Sharma:

“Marcus was one of my first targets and I spoke to him quickly during the summer and we have kept in touch throughout. I know him well from Grimsby and he is a very very strong signing yet again for us. I am very pleased.”

“I spoke to him and he was very keen on coming to us, he was happy with the role I wanted from him and he is very excited to be here. He really made a difference for Grimsby in the play-off semi-finals before they got to Wembley. He is a game changer, he can light games up and he is another strong acquisition to the squad which is looking very good now.”

“He is a very quick winger, strong, tall, excellent distribution. He can play on both sides and I feel he will settle into the system very well, our style of play is attracting some fabulous players and I am very excited to have built such a strong squad so far. We have more deals to complete so we have more additions to come and I know the fans are very excited about the players we have and I’m sure about who is next to arrive!”


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