Marsden: "It was a no-brainer for me to come back"


Defender Liam Marsden said it was not a difficult decision to return to AFC from Liversedge.


The Bulls confirmed the recapture of the popular full-back earlier this week, adding to the arrivals of forwards Lynton Karkach and Matt Sykes.


"I'm really pleased to be back at the club," Marsden said, "after speaking to the gaffer and Chairman it was a no-brainer for me.


"I really enjoyed my year at Liversedge but the travelling was just too much for me, so when the Chairman got in contact about returning to the club it was something that suited me and I couldn't turn down.


"Everything [Matt Chatfield] spoke about really impressed me, his knowledge of the game and the little details he goes into is something that we'll benefit from as a team."


As the manager continues to build an impressive squad on paper, Marsden hopes that the Bulls can do themselves justice on the pitch with a push for a spot at the right end of the table: "I think promotion is something we have to aim for.


"With the players already at the club and the players the gaffer has bought in, we have every chance of being in the top three come the end of the season.


"I don’t think there'll be any issues with settling in for me - knowing quite a few of the current players and a lot of the people behind the scenes should make it really easy, and I can't wait to get started."


Like with Karkach and Sykes, success in the NCEL Premier Division is something the 25-year-old is no stranger to.


Marsden played a key part in AFC's promotion to the Northern Premier League in 2018 under Rudy Funk and Mark Ward.


"I've been promoted from this league before and was in the top three most of last season," he said, "so I have a good knowledge of the league and teams.


"I feel like I know what's needed to win games at this level."


Marsden could rejoin his team-mates for the first time since signing on in the not-too-distant future, as the management plans for the return of team training in accordance with current guidelines.

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