MARVIN Morgan joined Argyle because of the club’s ambition under manager John Sheridan.Forward Marvin, 30, turned down offers from other clubs – including League 1 outfits – to sign for John Sheridan following his release by Shrewsbury Town.
He said: “As a striker, you want to be playing, you want to be scoring goals, and you want to be going to an ambitious club, and you can’t be getting a more ambitious club than this in League 2.”
Marvin knows what he is talking about – he has plenty of experience of League 2 football. Two seasons ago, he led Shrewsbury to promotion after he “took a step back” to move to New Meadow from Aldershot.
He sees signing for Argyle as a similar move.
“This is the biggest club I have played for in my career,” he said.
“It is about trying to get it out of League 2 and into League 1 and going on from there. It’s going to be a tough task, but my ambition is to do what I did at Shrewsbury, when I took a step back to move forwards.
“It was the right step to go to Shrewsbury when I did, and I think it’s the right thing again.
“I did have offers from League 1 clubs, even a last-ditch effort from team last night, but I’m a man of my word and, once I got down here, my mind was made up.
“At the moment, it’s hard for any player getting a team, and I was grateful to have a few teams interested in me.”
The prospect of working under John Sheridan appealed to Marvin, who also knows John’s assistant, Gary Owers, from their time together at Aldershot.
“I haven’t come here thinking I’m a big shot, far from it,” said Marvin. “The gaffer is very honest and that’s the type of manager I need to be playing under – I’ve played under managers who are not honest with you and you think you are doing well when you’re not.
“If I’m not doing it, he’s going to kick me up the backside, and I think that’s the kind of approach I need. He’s always done well with strikers – every striker who has played under him has scored goals.”
At 30, Marvin is not in the first flush of youth, but believes he has plenty of miles left on the clock after coming into the professional game in his mid-20s.
“I got into football quite late and have only had five years as a full-time footballer,” he said.
“So I like to say that I’m 25 in footballing years, and I think I’ve got a lot left in the tank. My agent thinks I could play until I’m 40 because I got into football so late, as long as I look after my body.
“I’m 30, but I’m still a big kid. I’ve still got loads of enthusiasm for football.”
He also has an interesting sideline, as a fashionista.
A hobby which started when he was at Aldershot has spiralled into a successful label – Fresh Ego Kid – which may provide a full-time job when he leaves the game.
He said: “As a footballer, you have got so much time on your hands. You finish training at 1-2pm. I was so bored and I thought ‘I’m going to try something’. The 21 months that we’ve been trading now have been unbelievable.
“I don’t like talking a lot about it but I am quite proud of it and it’s going places. I went to Milan, where all our clothes are made, and the owner offered me a job – it was really funny. I had to turn round and say ‘I haven’t finished my football yet – I’m not even close to retiring’.
“It’s something I’d like to consider when I retire but, first and foremost, I am a professional footballer and not a fashion guy.”
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