Marcus Garnham cannot wait to enjoy his football again at AFC Sudbury

Marcus Garnham in action for Lowestoft Town earlier this season

Marcus Garnham in action for Lowestoft Town earlier this season - Credit: Greg Kwasnik/Focus Images Ltd

Marcus Garnham cannot wait to start enjoying his football again, after re-joining AFC Sudbury.

Garnham left the Wardale Williams Stadium in the summer to join higher-level Lowestoft Town, in the National League North, but returned to AFC on Thursday after an indifferent spell with the Trawlerboys.

“I didn’t really get going at Lowestoft,” said the stopper, who helped Sudbury reach the Ryman North play-offs last season – only for the Yellows to suffer penalty heartbreak.

“I played about seven or eight games before the manager made a decision, and I found myself out of the team.

“It was difficult, and it was a different environment for me to experience.

“I think I’ve learnt a lot from it and about myself though.”

Garnham joined Sudbury from Bury Town last season, and made an immediate impact for the Yellows – becoming a firm favourite in the dressing room, and among the fans.

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“There’s a really enjoyable atmosphere at Sudbury, and I cannot wait to get back to that,” said the stopper, who goes straight into the squad for today’s visit to Barkingside.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time there last season, and I could have just sat on a contract (at Lowestoft), getting paid x amount, but I wanted to come back to a club where I know I’ve enjoyed it before.”

Garnham continued: “I talked to Jamie (Godbold, the Sudbury boss) a little while ago about my lack of first-team action (at Lowestoft), and the possibility of a loan move.

“He had two keepers at the time so that wasn’t an option, but I’m glad it’s all sorted now.

“Luis Tibbles is a good goalkeeper and we’ll battle it out for the number one jersey.

“Hopefully, I can help move the club forward (by winning promotion into the Ryman Premier).

“There are some very good young players here to do well, and I’m buzzing to be back.”

Of Garnham, Godbold, who made 500 appearances for Lowestoft, said: “He’s a terrific ‘keeper and we are delighted to have him back.

“He gets on well with all the lads here, and the supporters and all the staff at the club like him.”

Elsewhere today, Bury Town host Romford in Ryman North action, while Ryman Premier side Needham are not playing.

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