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Marshall "excited" to be back at The Den

Read from the winger after he puts pen-to-paper...

16 January 2019

Ben Marshall recited his "love" for Millwall after signing a loan deal until the end of the season on Wednesday afternoon.

The 27-year-old winger, who made 16 appearances for The Lions in the second half of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign - a season in which the club defied all expectations, finishing eighth and briefly flirting with the Play-Offs -  assisting five and scoring three goals, now returns to SE16 for a second time.

With Neil Harris' side in a similar position to this time 12 months ago, Marshall, speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, told of his desire to "kick on" at The Den and his hopes of replicating last season's remarkable achievements.

"I'm made up - it's a bonus. I was here last year, so I know the club and the lads already," he said.

"I went to Norwich in the summer but it's not happened there, so I've had to look at playing games elsewhere.

"It's a similar situation to last year. All I want to do is my best for the lads, the manager and the fans, and if I can replicate what I did last year, which I was proud of and I enjoyed, then I'll be made up."

Marshall and Millwall benefited from the camaraderie amongst a tight-knit group last time round, with the club going on a 17-match unbeaten run which took them to the cusp of a shot at the Premier League, and the Norwich man explained how he has kept in contact with members of the squad, as well as his aspirations for the Den faithful to "get behind" him. 

"I still speak to a lot of the boys and they keep me updated with how everyone is getting on. They're a great bunch of lads and it's nice to keep in contact. I'm looking forward to getting into training on Thursday and giving the lads some stick!

"[The fans] looked after me and helped me with stuff. I just hope they can get behind me. I'll give my all for them. I'm really excited to be back and I've got love for this football club - it's not a secret. I just want what's best for the football club and if I can do that, it's smiles all round."

The loanee's sixth and last appearance for The Canaries came in the Emirates FA Cup in early January as he played 78 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth, but despite not being in action before that since August and admitting a feeling of rust, Marshall is wanting the "opportunity" to feature for The Lions, beginning with Saturday's Sky Bet Championship visit to Middlesbrough.

"I played against Portsmouth in the Cup, but I've not played for months before, so I was a bit rusty. I just need to hit the ground running, and I'm sure if I get the opportunity to play, to start, in the next few upcoming games then I'll do that.

"From what I've been watching in games, and in highlights, there still seems to be a similar way [to last season], so hopefully I can kick on."


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