Owls: Marshall sets sights on promotion bounty

Top-six mission: Loan winger Ben Marshall says that the Owls must at least challenge for the play-offs.

Top-six mission: Loan winger Ben Marshall says that the Owls must at least challenge for the play-offs.

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NEW boy Ben Marshall returns to the Wednesday side at Hillsborough today with his eyes on the club’s promotion challenge.

NEW boy Ben Marshall returns to the Wednesday side at Hillsborough today with his eyes on the club’s promotion challenge.

The on-loan signing from Stoke says that the Owls will be a major force in League One and he relishes the chance to aid their cause during his five-month stay.

“I think we’ll be up there,” he told The Star. “We’ve got to be pushing for the play-offs, at least. I think we’ll do well.”

Marshall made a sparkling debut against Notts County and will face Scunthorpe today after being rested for the Carling Cup tie at Blackburn.

He admitted: “I thought I played okay last Saturday. It started off well; it was a bit quiet for me in the second half but I was happy overall, and it brought me an opportunity to get 90 minutes under my belt.

“I needed to go out on loan to get games. I used to watch Wednesday when they were in the Premier League. When you get a chance to come to a club like this, you take it.”

Marshall is also pleased to be reunited with Gary Madine - they played together when the winger was on loan at Carlisle. “Gaz is a good player,” he said. “Good with his feet and in the air.”

* The Football League’s annual report on fees paid to agents shows that the Owls last season topped the League One table, with an outlay of £415,660, stemming from 29 new registrations, six updated contracts, five cancelled ones and nine loans.

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