Former Lincoln City striker Adam Marriott is after ‘one last shot’ at the Football League, believing he owes it to himself after a great season at Royston.
Marriott bagged 27 goals for Royston Town last season, but now the 27 year old wants a shot at professional football again, despite turning down a chance to play in League Two for City this season.
“I think, obviously, I’m 27 now and I haven’t got ages left,” he told the Cambridge News. “I got quite a lot of goals last season so one last effort in the professional game and hopefully someone will pick me up. If I have to travel away, I’ll do that. I think I owe it to myself to give it one more shot, maybe in the League, maybe in the Conference.”
Marriott suffered a broken wrist early in his Imps career and, by the time he returned, Theo Robinson had arrived and formed a partnership with Matt Rhead. Marriott still had his moments though, creating Nathan Arnold’s Ipswich goal, grabbing a late winner against Tranmere and coming on to great effect as we sank Torquay at the end of the season.
When he did start he often looked to lack pace, something that may have held him back in our style of play. What he did have though was a natural eye for goal and ability that left many baffled as to why he stepped down to Royston Town. Let’s not beat around the bush: Adam Marriott would have been a great squad player for us this season.
Instead he dropped down the divisions to play for Royston, perhaps to gain some confidence back in front of goal.
“It was a great season,” he said of his Royston spell. “The boys took to me well as soon as I came there and I think I did quite well to be fair. I scored 27 league goals so it’s been a good season for me. Every time I go on the field that’s all I want to do [score goals] that’s all I wanted to do since I’ve been a little kid to be fair. So as long as I keep doing that someone might pick me up.”
Personally, I was gutted to see him leave, but there was more to it than the length of the deal I feel. I think Adam Marriott is a confidence player and I suspect he begun to lack confidence as he only got late cameos. When he did start, Gateshead away in the cup for instance, he played well but lacked sharpness. His run of games never came and despite his obvious talent, he always looked one step behind the rest of the squad in terms of fitness.
They say never go back, but if Danny announced a one-year deal for Marriott tomorrow, I’d be delighted. He isn’t going to play 46 games in the Football League, not for us, Grimsby or even Forest Green, but he will be a big asset to someone, if they take a chance on him.