Billy's on the boil

November 07, 2017

The GV Suns announced Billy Marshall as one of their visa signings ahead of the National Premier League season.

Goulburn Valley Suns have secured one of their two visa signings ahead of next season.

The National Premier League outfit has secured the services of Cobram Roar attacking midfielder Billy Marshall.

Marshall, who joined Roar midway through last season, finished third in the Albury Wodonga Football Association League Star Player vote count.

New Suns playing coach Craig Carley is familiar with Marshall’s work, having brought him out to Australia from England more than six years ago.

‘‘He is a quality player, he is talented, he moves well and with him, you know what you are going to get on a regular basis,’’ Carley said.

‘‘He’s an intelligent player who can drop in between the lines and also play midfield if needs be, we are excited to have him on board and hopefully a few new players will soon follow.’’

The 28-year-old played as a schoolboy for English Premier League giant Tottenham before signing for Bristol City as a 17-year-old.

After a stint with City, Marshall played a majority of his senior football at Conference level with Woking before joining Non-League clubs Met Police, Carshalton and Tooting and Mitcham.

Marshall joined Cobram in his early 20s before even having a stint with local Bendigo Amateur Soccer League club Shepparton South.

‘‘He has a lot of experience behind him and we expect him to act as a leader, not only the on the field but also off it,’’ Carley said.

‘‘Billy will also take up a role as a junior coach, helping develop the next batch of players coming through the ranks.’’

With Carley taking over from outgoing coach Nick Kalafatis the striker has been busy bolstering his squad ahead of his debut campaign, but believes there is plenty of work to be done.

‘‘We have trials coming up, we have a few players that we are hoping to get over the line, so I’ve been super busy trying to organise things with the board,’’ Carley said.

‘‘It is an exciting time and, to be honest, I can’t wait to get the season started.’’

The Suns still have one visa spot available and are expected to announce the addition of a few more players in the coming weeks.

●The region’s only NPL team will hold an open training session for senior and under-20 players today at 7pm, and continuing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the rest of this November.

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