Marshall: I want to be No. 1 at Wolves

NICE-GUY Andy Marshall has vowed to show a ruthless streak to earn a permanent contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

NICE-GUY Andy Marshall has vowed to show a ruthless streak to earn a permanent contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers, writes Derek Davis.

Marshall agreed to join the Premiership club on a month's loan as No. 2 after rejecting the opportunity to go to Wimbledon in a similar move.

Wolves had to get special dispensation from the Premier League to sign a keeper as the transfer window is closed to Premiership clubs. With Matt Murray out injured, Marshall will initially be understudy to Michael Oakes but is not prepared to settle for a place on the bench.

Marshall said: "I know I'm going there as a No. 2 initially but this is a big chance for me and I want to take it with both hands.

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"I have known Michael Oakes for a long time and he is a great bloke and a decent keeper but at this stage of my career I want to be playing.

"This is the seventh club who have showed an interest in me but for one reason or another nothing has happened but this has come off and I want to make the most of it.

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"Wolves are a fantastic club. Everything is in place and if they can stay in the Premiership this season then they can only get bigger and bigger."

The 28-year-old will meet his new team-mates at Molineux on Monday and will instantly look to further impress manager Dave Jones as they prepare for a trip to Everton.

It will also be the first time Marshall has been able to have a game to look forward to since being dropped at the end of last season.

He said: "It has been very tough. After 10 years of playing week in, week out to not be involved is terrible. I know the wife will be looking to take advantage of me this weekend and go shopping on a Saturday because hopefully it will be the last time for quite a while."

Although Marshall has had an uncomfortable time at Portman Road of late he has impressed with his totally professional attitude and performances for the reserves and in training.

He said: "This is a good move for all parties and I want to thank Joe Royle. We may not always have seen eye to eye but he instigated this for me and I appreciate that."

The details of the loan agreement have not been disclosed but I understand Wolves are paying most of Marshall wages, believed to be around £15,000 a week.

Blues boss Royle said: "It is a good move all round but most importantly it gives Andy the chance he deserves.

"He is a completely different keeper now than the one we saw last season but people have not been able to see how good he has been."

The EADT reported in August how Wolves were keen on taking Marshall after Jones failed to get clearance for French keeper Carlos Kameni.

Fulham, Sheffield United, Watford, Stoke City and Plymouth, have all enquired about Marshall over the past few months but typically two clubs made a positive move for him on the same day with Dons' boss Stuart Murdoch making his move yesterday morning.

Marshall said: "I would have gone to Wimbledon because I wanted to play and I have a lot of time for Stuart. But Wolves were too big a club to say no to and I hope Stuart understands that."

Royle added: " I feel terrible for Wimbledon who had just got in ahead of Wolves but in fairness to Andy I had to let him know and he chose Wolves which also worked out better financially for us as well."

* Chris Makin is to see a hip specialist in order to try and solve his long-term injury problem.

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