Curzon Ashton have announced the signing of Paul Marshall from league rivals Alfreton Town.

Marshall, a central midfielder by trade, played a pivotal role in securing Alfreton’s safety in the National League North last season, making twenty-five appearances in the 2016/2017 campaign.

Marshall is a prodigy of the Manchester City youth academy, and made his first professional appearance for Blackpool whilst on loan.

The Manchester-born midfielder has also appeared for Port Vale, Walsall and Rochdale, whilst gaining vast amounts of non-League experience with Droylsden, FC Halifax Town, Stockport County, Bradford Park Avenue and Alfreton.

His non-League experience will be essential for the Nash, as the club enters its third successive season in the National League North.

Manager John Flanagan said: “We are delighted to secure Paul. He is a quality footballer with a good background and has played loads of non-League in plenty of good sides.

“He will fit right in with the way that we play. He should suit us – and we should suit him.”

Meanwhile, youth team captain Oliver Thornley, who broke into the first-team at the end of last season, has committed to Curzon for 2017/18 on senior forms.

A strong commanding intelligent footballing centre-back that the club hold in very high regards, Thornley’s challenge now is to establish himself as a first team regular.

He follows Joe Guest, who was the first player from last season`s squad to put pen-to-paper for the upcoming campaign.

The recent managers` player of the season, Guest is a focussed and determined player.

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