Last Friday, Bradford City announced that their winger and player of the season Mark Marshall would be leaving the Northern Commercials Stadium.
After two seasons with the Bantams, the winger has returned to London to be closer with his family. This has seen him make the switch to the Valley and sign for Charlton Athletic.
Mark Marshall’s first season at Valley Parade saw him sign under Phil Parkinson’s tenure as Bradford’s boss from Port Vale. Port Vale fans were visibly upset Marshall had left the club actively telling Bradford fans that he was a fantastic winger and practically unplayable on his day.
Marshall’s struggled to utilise his strengths in his spell with the Bantams under Parkinson. During 31 league games in the 2015/16 season, he failed to make a profound impact in the side and subsequently spent the last portion of the season on the bench.
With Marshall not given the opportunity to shine, the reintroduction of Kyel Reid at the Bantams appeared to create the pathway for what looked to be the exit door for the wide-man until the arrival of Stuart McCall revitalised the winger.
Stuart McCall almost created an entirely different player during last season with Marshall scoring six goals in 42 league games and creating a plethora of assists. The winger took home the player of the season award and is going to be sorely missed on the flanks in the upcoming season at Valley Parade.
With Marshall’s exit, the introduction of a new dynamic winger will be pivotal to Bradford’s fortunes. Marshall was instrumental in leading Bradford’s Play-Off charge last season and replacing him will be a tough and potentially costly job.