The 1874 Column - By Matt Waters

AT 23 years old, 1874's new signing Will Marsh already comes with a wealth of experience under his belt.

He spent most of his youth career with Premier League champions Liverpool, before moving onto Chester FC and AFC Telford.

After a couple of years away from the game, Will said he’s “enjoyed every minute at 1874 so far”.

He added: “During the years I wasn’t playing football I didn’t really expect to play again.

"I was on holiday with Joe Woolley and he managed to convince me to come down and see it for myself and I’ve enjoyed every minute. I feel as though I’ve got nothing to lose and I’m raring to go, giving my all for the club.

"Last season the team did very well on the pitch and hopefully I can add to that. It’s a very technical side and I feel it compliments my own game!”

With vast youth experience at such a high level, Will believes that this has helped him mature as a player and a person, especially when stepping up to play men’s football.

He continued: “I’ve gained a lot of experience so far. At Liverpool it helped me mature around a lot of high-quality players. When I moved to Chester and AFC Telford, I didn’t get as many minutes as I’d have wanted but it was a learning curve for me at such a young age at that level.

"I believe that the quality of the players isn’t too far away from the level of those two sides I was at. We play a lot of good football and I can’t wait to add to that.”

Marsh wants to play a big role in getting the club into the promotion places in the upcoming season.

“The way last season ended was unfortunate for everybody involved with the club and as somebody new coming in, I feel I can have a big impact helping the club get into those positions again," he added.

"We all know it will be tough, maybe tougher than it was last season as teams will be raising their games, but so will we. I think getting into those places is crucial. We want to be up there again and this time around make sure we get promoted and hopefully I can help achieve that.”

Marsh said fans can expect him to be in and among the goals this season!

“I like to think I’m a goalscoring midfielder," he said.

"When I was a schoolboy at Wrexham I played as a striker, but it was at Liverpool where they converted me into a midfielder. I’m good on the ball, especially going forward and hopefully can get some goals for the club!”