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Northampton Town sign Mark Marshall after Gillingham decide against offering him a new deal

Winger Mark Marshall has been quick to find a new club following his Gillingham exit.

His contract with the Gills ended on Saturday, after the game at Rochdale, which he took no part in.

Mark Marshall has joined League 2 Northampton Town
Mark Marshall has joined League 2 Northampton Town

League 2 side Northampton Town wasted no time in announcing their new recruit, with a 5pm reveal.

"Mark is a player we are delighted to have been able to bring in,” said their manager Keith Curle, who noted interest from teams above.

League 1 sides Wycombe and Blackpool were reportedly interested.

Curle added: “He is a player with pace, trickery, a strong work ethic and he is a player the supporters will enjoy watching.

"As supporters will know, he has the ability to take players on, to create chances for others and to get people on the edge of their seats.”

Gillingham fans didn’t get chance to see much of that from a player who had tormented them in the past.

His opportunities mainly came off the bench for the Gills, following his summer move. He joined after being released by Charlton.

He is set to be involved for the Cobblers on Tuesday when they face Scunthorpe United. Northampton are looking forward to an FA Cup replay with Derby after holding them to a goalless draw on Friday night, but Marshall will play no part, as he is cup-tied.

The 32-year-old started just three league games for the Gills and the club announced his short-term deal wasn’t being extended prior to the weekend, leaving him free to talk to other clubs.

On his departure, Gills boss Steve Evans said: “Mark has been a great professional in his short time with us.

“At times he has been unfortunate and we all wish him every success in the future.

“With the lowest budget in League 1 we have to try our best to make sure every penny we spend on players gives maximum value so hopefully we can add to the squad in the key areas I have identified.”

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