Marcus would be open to possible AFC return

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FOOTBALL - AFC Sudbury v Great Wakering Rovers''Pictured: Marcus Garnham saves ANL-150125-131834009
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Marcus Garnham has told the Free Press he has not ruled out a return to AFC Sudbury as the club look to fill the void left by Ollie Bowles’ exit.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper enjoyed a successful stint between the sticks at The Wardale Williams Stadium before leaving to test himself at a higher level, signing for National League North outfit Lowestoft Town back in June.

But after a frustrating start to the new campaign at Crown Meadow the custodian is in search of a new club having left Ady Gallagher’s Trawlerboys.

And with Bowles’ departure from the club last week combined with Garnham attending Sudbury’s 3-1 defeat in the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday night adding extra fuel to the speculation, the player himself has refused to rule out a return, but conceded his future had not been decided as of yet.

“I know lads from both sides so decided to take in the game and just enjoying watching a match,” he said, speaking late yesterday afternoon.

“It has been a really tough period for myself and probably the most difficult of my career.

“However you just have to learn from situations like this and I have learnt a lot about myself.

“Sudbury is a great club who gave me a great opportunity in the past.

“If the opportunity to return to the club came up I certainly wouldn’t be against it.

“I’m looking for a new club but I’m also keeping my options open about a host of other things.”

Meanwhile, Sudbury will be aiming to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they return to Ryman League Division One North action with a trip to struggling Barkingside on Saturday (3pm) before hosting Dereham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The Yellows find themselves firmly within the promotion chase, sitting fourth on 29 points, 10 adrift of current leaders Cray Wanderers, although manager Jamie Godbold has warned his side have not found their best form as yet.

“Our general play has been good but when we really click we will beat a team really heavily,” said Godbold following Sudbury’s 2-0 win over Haringey Borough on Saturday.

“We are in a good position despite not playing our best which is good but there is more to come.

n Sam Bantick has also AFC, to return to parent club Concord Rangers, having scored 5 goals in 8 appearances.