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Striker reveals why he decided to leave Chasetown FC

EXCLUSIVE: Departing Chasetown FC striker Craig Marshall has admitted he had to leave the club in order to secure first team football in the future.

The former Hednesford Town and Rushall Olympic man has joined Sutton Coldfield Town after admitting he felt his opportunities would be limited at the Scholars Ground this season.

And he confirmed his mind was made up when he was an unused substitute in the FA Cup Preliminary Round replay defeat against AFC Wulfrunians.

But despite moving on, the 21-year-old – who scored his only goal of the season in the 6-2 win against Quorn – has insisted he has left Chasetown on good terms.

He told The Lichfield Blog:

“I’ve left for Sutton Coldfield Town to play more football because I didn’t feel like i was going to play as much as I would like to at Chasetown. I felt it was time to leave after Tuesday night’s game. Sutton are a good side who will be pushing at the top end of the table come the end of the season.

“I enjoyed it at Chasetown and there are no hard feelings. I have a lot of respect for Charlie Blakemore and the squad at Chasetown is really strong. Whoever is on the bench there would get into most clubs in the league above. But I’ve left purely to play more football and I wish Chasetown all the best for the future.”

Manager Charlie Blakemore has already moved to plug the gap in his squad by signing Mansfield Town’s young striker Grant Ryan on a month’s loan.

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