Marlon signs on for a little longer

Last updated : 07 February 2003 By Tony Scholes

It is good news for Marlon, for Stan and the club as well as the fans and our first team goalkeeper is now with us at least until the end of the season.

It has been a nightmare every few weeks wondering whether he would be available for the next match as one monthly deal followed another but after five of these short term deals Marlon has now committed to the Clarets until the end of the season in a similar deal to that signed by Driss Diallo earlier in the week.

Something had to be sorted today otherwise he would have been unavailable for our trip to Coventry tomorrow and will now almost certainly be in the side with Nik Michopoulos on the bench.

Marlon told the club’s web site, "I was fed up with the month to month thing and I think the club were as well. We can now go on from here and hopefully sort out something more long term".

With one keeper staying there was some speculation earlier in the week regarding another keeper going with a possible loan move for Michopoulos but in the end it was nothing more than speculation. He was supposedly on his way to Hibs in Scotland who were on the look out for a new goalkeeper.

However throughout this period they had already taken Swedish keeper Daniel Andersson on trial with a view to signing and this was completed earlier in the week. Although a temporary move out would favour our club financially it was reassuring to hear Chairman Barry Kilby suggest that it would not be in our best interests to go into a crucial part of the season with just one goalkeeper. Barry had obviously forgotten that we did just that three years ago when we won promotion.