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Ben Marshall re-signs for Millwall

January 16, 2019

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With a quiet start to the January transfer window, many Millwall fans may have been fearing that the club would not be able to strengthen in the required areas this month.

 

Despite the excellent form of Shane Ferguson, Ben Marshall's performances last season for the Lions were a joy to behold as Millwall made a late push for the play-offs.

 

Whilst the move may displace Northern Irish international Ferguson from his position in left midfield, Ferguson could in fact move to left back - particularly with James Meredith yet to replicate the performance levels of last season.

 

Neil Harris, of course, missed out on the signing of the former Manchester United youth player in the summer after Norwich swooped for the then-Wolves man, leading to Millwall signing Brighton's Jiri Skalak - a player who could leave The Den on loan this month following this signing.

 

Marshall will wear the #44 shirt again and will be hoping to replicate the form that he showcased in his previous spell in SE16 - where he contributed to eight goals (three goals and five assists) after joining, more than any other player in the same time frame.

 

Having faced Portsmouth earlier this month in the FA Cup for the Canaries, Daniel Farke's man is ineligible to face Everton next weekend under the lights at The Den.

 

After the deal was announced, Neil Harris told millwallfc.co.uk: “We’re delighted,

 

“We were obviously interested in Ben in the summer following his successful period with us last season, and we couldn’t compete in the market at the time.

 

“He went to Norwich, wanted to make a home for himself and do well – obviously it hasn’t turned out quite as well as he has hoped so far – but Norwich have been great in letting him come back on loan to play some football.

 

“Ben made it very clear that once he was told he could get out and play that he wanted to come here, and we’re obviously very pleased to have him back.

 

“I said to Ben that there will be some expectation on his shoulders because of how well he performed for us last year, but just to come and enjoy himself and play. If he can try and replicate the form he showed, and we can win games, then we’re certainly in a good place.

 

“He is a player who has enough experience to welcome in a bit of pressure on his shoulders. He’s got a great understanding with the group on and off the pitch, and had been a huge part of the dressing room dynamic, a good leader. He was certainly a character I enjoyed working with before.

 

“He’ll certainly go straight into the squad – a player of Ben’s quality needs to go straight into the group. He played 75 minutes at the beginning of the month for Norwich in the FA Cup, but hadn’t played a great deal before that – while he had been in plenty of matchday squads, he’d not had a lot of time on the pitch.

 

“We’ll evaluate it over the next few days and the coming weeks. He’s cup-tied and so cannot play against Everton next week, so we’ve got a period now to bed him back in.”

 

Ben Marshall also spoke to Millwall's official website: "I'm made up - it's a bonus. I was here last year, so I know the club and the lads already,

 

"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.

 

"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.

 

"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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