MARRIOTT: IT COULD BE MY BIG CHANCE
STRIKER Adam Marriott believes his return from injury has come at an opportune moment to work his way back into a goal-shy Stevenage side.
He had spent more than nine months on the sidelines waiting for his chance to help salvage the Hertfordshire club’s season.
The 24-year-old striker, who was signed in 2014 after hitting an astonishing 45 goals in 42 games for Southern Premier League side Cambridge City, has only this month returned to the starting XI after struggling with a serious knee injury.
After impressing fans with his bursts of energy off the bench, Marriott is hoping to nail down a starting spot in Darren Sarll’s team – and to bag the goals they need to ward off relegation.
“I’m buzzing to be back. I’ve been involved in firstteam training for the last four or five weeks and every week I feel I’m getting sharper,” Marriott told The FLP.
“I wouldn’t say I’m quite 100 per cent yet, but I’m in the thick of it and, after getting a few reserve games under my belt, I feel I can do a job.
“There are 12 games left and I hope to be involved in as many of them as I can. I know I haven’t scored any goals for a while, but I have confidence in my ability.”
Coming under the tutelage of one of the Premier League’s greatest ever forwards in Teddy Sheringham was an experience Marriott was largely denied due to his injury and Sheringham’s dismissal.
“When Teddy was announced as boss, I was thrilled as I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to work with one of the best England’s had,” he said.
“I knew I would be out for a while once he got the job, and that turned out to be a bit longer than I wanted it to be.
“I made one substitute appearance under him, but I would watch him in training from the sidelines.”
Given Stevenage’s disappointing campaign, following last season’s promotion tilt, the ex-Norwich City trainee highlights the reasons why they’ve failed to make the grade this year.
“There have been a number of key players missing for us, combined with the fact that we didn’t start the best,” he said.
“We’re thankful the fans are still behind us, but we really need to string a few wins to together and finish the season on a high before looking to build for a more successful season next year.”
BACK: Boro striker Adam Marriott