New Lowestoft Town signing Marcus Garnham says he owes a lot to AFC Sudbury

Marcus Garnham

Marcus Garnham

Goalkeeper Marcus Garnham feels he still owes AFC Sudbury after leaving the Ryman North outfit in favour of Conference North side, Lowestoft Town.

The former Bury Town goalkeeper had agreed to stay at the Wardale Williams Stadium for the forthcoming campaign after joining the Yellows mid-way through last season from the Blues.

However, having always had ambitions to play higher, Garnham could not turn down the opportunity when the Trawlerboys came calling.

“It should be a good move for me,” said Garnham, who was part of the Sudbury team beaten on penalties by Brentwood in last season’s Ryman North semi-final.

“I really enjoyed my time at Sudbury but the club said they didn’t want to stand in the way of players that can progress.

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“They have been good for me and I feel I still owe them something. You never know, in the future I may get the chance to play for them again.

“It’s the most I have enjoyed my football for a long time and it was the change of scenery that I needed.

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“A lot of people who I had grown up with at Bury had gone and what was left wasn’t really my cup of tea.

“Everyone at Sudbury from the volunteers up to the chairman showed faith in me and that allowed me to get on with my football.”

Garnham who has signed a one-year deal with the Crown Meadow team will now battle it out with Jake Jessup to be number one at Lowestoft and is raring to go.

“I have always wanted to play at as high a level as possible for as long as possible,” added Garnham

“I had the chance to go to Lowestoft last year but when the opportunity came up this time I grabbed it with both hands. I have changed jobs and I will be more flexible.

“I always thought I could offer a lot at a higher level but I never put all my eggs in one basket and hoped and prayed for a move.

“I am not the type who, at 27, is looking for a big move to Manchester United. I have realistic aims but I am really excited about the season ahead.”

Lowestoft consolidated in their first ever season at Conference North level and also won the Suffolk Premier Cup.

“I used to play against Lowestoft for Bury and there used to be 900-odd watching the derby,” recalled Garnham.

“They are a well supported club.”

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