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Ben Marshall: 'Blackburn Rovers move is right for me'
BEN Marshall believes joining Blackburn Rovers is the right move for his career after admitting he had to leave Leicester City to secure regular football.
Rovers have confirmed the signing of Marshall on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £1m.
The winger will be available for Saturday’s Lancashire derby at home to Bolton Wanderers, in what would be his first appearance of the season.
Marshall had fallen down the pecking order at Leicester after initially impressing at the East Midlands club, and is determined to impress at Rovers.
Asked how long he had known he needed to leave Leicester, he said: “Probably for a bit now.
“I’ve not really played at Leicester so I have to do what’s best for my career and coming here will do that I’m sure. I think for myself I’ve got to be playing every week.
“Hopefully I can do that.”
Marshall, who can also play in a central supporting role, starred in Leicester’s 3-0 win over Rovers at the King Power Stadium in February.
Rovers would go on to battle against relegation at the end of last season but the 22-year-old, who started his professional career at Stoke but did not make a Premier League appearance for the Potters, is eyeing a promotion challenge with his new club.
“I’ve played from League Two to the Championship so I’m used to it, but there’s still a lot to learn for me,” Marshall told Rovers Player.
“I’m still waiting for that promotion, it’s any lad’s dream to play in the Premier League so going up would be extra special.
“The Championship’s difficult. Anyone can beat anyone on their day.
“I think by looking at it they (Rovers) just need a bit of consistency and once that comes we’ll naturally get into a winning habit.
“I think you get that sense that it’s turning and we have a good manager who knows the club very well.”
Marshall sought the advice of former Rovers striker Paul Gallagher, currently at Leicester, before making the move.
He links up again with Rovers assistant manager Terry McPhillips – his boss during his days in the youth system at Crewe.
Marshall said: “He was my manager at Crewe when I was 12 or 13 and then he came here. We get on really well.
“I’ve always played against Blackburn as a kid so I know how much of a big club it is and what the expectations are.”
Rovers boss Gary Bowyer said: "Several other clubs were interested him, so I am grateful to the owners in backing us because we are convinced he'll be a fans’ favourite.”
Bowyer is still keen to bring in a striker and both he and McPhillips watched Cardiff City in their League Cup second round tie at Accrington Stanley last night.
Joe Mason could soon be available on loan, while others to appear for Cardiff included Nicky Maynard and Rudy Gestede.
Outgoings also remain possible before the window shuts on Monday.
Karabukspor president Mustafa Yolbulan has said he hopes a deal can be completed to sign Morten Gamst Pedersen imminently, potentially as soon as today. The Norwegian has been in talks with Rovers to agree the terms of his exit from Ewood Park.
Gael Givet and Bradley Orr could also depart before the window shuts, while it is not impossible that the likes of Leon Best, Markus Olsson and Fabio Nunes may get moves to secure regular football.
* Rovers midfielder Alan Judge is celebrating after his partner gave birth to a baby girl this week.
* Bolton are facing an injury crisis ahead of their trip to Ewood on Saturday.
David Wheater, Marc Tierney and Craig Davies are all injury doubts, although Chris Eagles – scorer of a late matchwinner when the sides last met in March – may be available to return.
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