The Wanderers are thrilled to announce the club’s new signing is entertaining Jamaican international forward Alex Marshall.
The 21-year-old exploded on the Caribbean football scene with Jamaican Premier League team Cavalier FC, where he’s played since the age of 16.
He’s one of the most talked about young prospects in his home country, having already played 11 times for the 48th FIFA ranked Reggae Boyz senior squad.
He broke into the senior team for his country at the age of 19 after starring at both the U 17 and U 23 levels for Jamaica.
“I’m excited, I’ve watched videos and seen the pitch in Halifax and it’s a really good environment and a really good team,” Marshall said. “I’m going to give everything and fight and try to get the best results for the team.”
Wanderers coach Stephen Hart sees Marshall as an attacking talent who can provide moments of skill to unlock defences and give the fans something special to cheer.
As well as operating from either wing, Hart may also use him in the number 10 role just behind the striker or even as a centre-forward.
“He is the type of player that can make things happen when all things are equal, he is a good dribbler and he also has an eye for that final pass. I think he has a lot of qualities and he looks to be somebody who enjoys playing football,” Hart said. “That’s something you cannot teach.”
Marshall’s signing is a bold acquisition for the Wanderers given the player is already a full international and has also been linked with a number of big clubs from England’s Premier League.
“I think he wants to play first team football and get exposed and if this is a stepping stone, he may have decided it’s a good showcase team for him to cut his teeth in and then see what happens,” Hart explained, adding the player has signed a multi-year deal in Halifax.
Marshall has an impressive 73 appearances and 21 goals under his belt for his Jamaican club team Cavalier.
He also has a knack of playing his best when everything is on the line in the big games, getting on the score sheet in the 2017 Super League Final to help win his team promotion to the Jamaican Premier League.
“I’m going to try to put on a good show every day for the fans and take on players and try to score goals and get assists and that’s an attackers job,” Marshall said. “I’m just going to work hard and try to play my best and be creative. I like to play passes that most people don’t see.”
The Wanderers new signing is relishing the prospect of linking up with fellow Caribbean players Akeem Garcia and Andre Rampersad, who made the step up to the Canadian Premier League in the team’s inaugural season.
“That will help because we will have a lot in common being from the Caribbean,” Marshall said.
Stephen Hart believes the presence of another of the Wanderers off season signings, Alessandro Riggi will also be a massive benefit to Marshall.
“They’re quite similar players but Riggi has a lot more experience and I think Alex will learn a lot from him,” Hart said. “He is only going to get better.”
Marshall, who is signing pending approval of a work permit, becomes the fifteenth confirmed member of Hart’s 2020 Wanderers squad.
“We’re in a good position in building our squad and I’m very pleased with how things are looking for us,” Hart said.
Marshall and the other Wanderers players will be arriving in Halifax in March when the Wanderers preseason training camp begins.