Young Jamaican international attacker Alex Marshall is joining HFX Wanderers FC on a multi-year deal, the Halifax-based club announced on Wednesday.
A highly-touted prospect in the Caribbean, Marshall joins Wanderers from Jamaican side Cavalier. The 21-year-old has made 11 appearances for the Reggae Boyz, debuting to the Jamaican senior team as a 19-year-old.
Marshall made 73 appearances and scored 21 goals for Cavalier, and he netted in the 2017 Super League Final to help the Kingston-based side earn promotion to the Jamaican Premier League.
“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.”
In 2017, Marshall was linked to English Premier League sides Leicester City, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool after a breakout campaign with Cavalier.
Comfortable on either wing, in the number 10 role or even as a centre forward, Marshall is seen as a versatile and lively attacking option by Wanderers coach Stephen Hart.
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“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,” Hart said. “I think he has a lot of qualities and he looks to be somebody who enjoys playing football. That’s something you cannot teach.”
Marshall joins seven new names set to join the Wanderers in 2020, headlined by former Valour FC star Louis Béland-Goyette and Montreal Impact fullback Daniel Kinumbe.
Halifax’s 2020 roster will feature seven returnees from 2019, with the likes of Akeem Garcia, Christian Oxner, and Alex De Carolis staying put.
“We’re in a good position in building our 2020 squad and I’m very pleased with how things are looking for us,” Hart said.