Marquis gets Cobblers chance before Millwall deal expires

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© Millwall FC

MILLWALL striker John Marquis has joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

Marquis, 23, has already spent time out on loan this season with Leyton Orient, where he featured in 15 games, and now links up with the Cobblers, who are ten points clear at the top of League Two, where he will play alongside Lions winger Lee Martin.

Marquis, who played 14 times for Northampton in 2013-14, scoring twice, is out of contract in the summer and will have the chance to impress boss Chris Wilder with his long-term future at Millwall uncertain.

He has appeared 12 times for Millwall this season, but last started in the first round of the Football League Trophy against Peterborough in September. He last scored for Millwall more than three years ago, against Aston Villa in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Marquis scored once for Leyton Orient, where he was often forced to play out of position.

“At Orient there was a diamond and I was the one playing in behind the front two,” Marquis told NewsAtDen last week. “I enjoyed it as it was more of a free role but you often find yourself being the creator rather than the one on the end of things.

“I got a fair few assists when I played there. Then it changed and I ended up playing on the left or right of a three so it was a bit different from what I’m used to. But it’s another position I’ve learned and I feel that if I had to I could play it for any other club.”

Marquis made six substitute appearances for Millwall since returning from that loan spell, but felt Lions fans hadn’t seen the best of him this season.

“It’s nice to get some minutes on the pitch but it's not as long for me to show what I can do,” he said.

Marquis signed a new one-year deal with Millwall last summer but with Steve Morison, Lee Gregory and Aiden O’Brien ahead of him in Neil Harris’ plans, and big things expected of Jamie Philpot, he has decided to put himself in the shop window with a side on a nine-game winning streak in League Two.

John Kelly