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Marquis keen to kick on

7 May 2014

Striker feeling the benefit of latest loan

Striker John Marquis believes he returns to Millwall a better player after helping Northampton Town to League Two survival.

Marquis, 21, first joined Chris Wilder's men back in February and then again in March, making a total of 14 appearances and scoring twice.

One of those goals was the all-important equaliser in last Saturday's 3-1 win over Oxford, a result which secured Northampton's own great escape, and Marquis feels he has benefited hugely from his latest loan spell.

"It was a really good experience for me," the young forward told "To go out to a club and help them to fight off relegation was probably better for me than to play for a team with little left to target.

"Northampton were in the bottom two for most of the season so it's great that they managed to stay up, and I'm delighted that I played my part. My goal on the final day got the ball rolling in terms of the comeback, and all-in-all it was a great experience."

His final day delight capped a productive 2013/14 for Marquis, a campaign which has also seen him feature for Portsmouth and Torquay in similar loan spells.

He signed a new one-year contract with Millwall just weeks after Ian Holloway's arrival at The Den and is now focusing on forcing his way into the first team squad for the 2014/15 campaign.

"I was delighted that the manager gave me the extension because it means he has seen something he likes. He wanted me to go away and get more experience by playing regularly, which I've done with my time at Northampton.

"After every game I spoke with different people at the club who were keen to see how I got on, whether that be the manager, Neil (Harris) or Des (Bulpin).

"I can't wait for pre-season to start so I can try and impress the coaching staff in training and, hopefully, force my way in to the first team for the new season."

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