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Marsh itches for Reggae Boyz action

BY IAN BURNETT
Sport editor

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Chevone Marsh wants to play international football for Jamaica. And he wants it badly. The 23-year-old, who recently completed the 2017 season with Kokkolan Palloveilkot in the Finnish Ykkonen League (second division) on loan from his local club Cavalier SC, told the Jamaica Observer that he asked for a return home to be close to the Jamaican coaches.

He claimed that he had requested of Cavalier boss Rudolph Speid that an arrangement be made to get him back to his roots, though there is an offer from his Finnish side for a contract extension.

“Financially it is good, but being there and being out of the eyes of the national team coaches… I want to be a regular player in the national team, and though it's not as big as the top leagues in Europe, I'm grateful to be there,” noted Marsh, popularly called “Messi”.

He added: “I have the option to extend my contract, but I'm with Cavalier now, so there is the possibility to go back there (Finland).

“The plan was to be here with Cavalier until January when preseason starts, but there are talks going on with my agent in Finland, so we'll see what happens.”

Marsh was called into the national set-up by German coach Winfried Schaefer, but was never able to make it onto the pitch. And based on preparations so far heading into today's match against Saudi Arabia, which is not a FIFA's sanctioned international 'A' game, the left-sided player appears set to start the game on the bench, but could very well see playing time. It won't be an official debut, but for Marsh it would be worth the wait.

“Personally I'm feeling good in my body and the last training session was a good one and it is a tremendous feeling to be back after a long absence,” said Marsh.

And regarding his time in Finland, the diminutive, but well-balanced player is of the view that he's now a much better player than when he left here.

“It has been really good because as an individual I'm much better as a player and as a person.

“Getting there for the first time to make the transition wasn't easy, but I tried to adapt as quickly as possible. I went there in the winter when it was really cold, so it took me some time to settle.

“I'm now thinking faster and I now have a wider view of life, especially after being away from family and friends. The football there is much faster and everything is like a second faster than playing locally.

“I feel good and I think the chance will be given to me,” he said, and based on what he is willing to give up just to have the eyes of head coach Theodore Whitmore and his technical staff, then maybe, just maybe, he will get that deserved chance to wear the Jamaican colours at the senior international level.

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