Marvin Morgan scored Aldershot Town’s late winner over Southend United last Saturday, and he will be pivotal in any promotion push by the side this season.
After a prolific season last year netting seventeen goals, Morgan was subject of intense transfer speculation, with a host of sides including Colchester United, Swindon Town, Peterborough United and Gillingham all reportedly chasing the Manchester-born player. Aldershot have rejected significant bids for Morgan, and the former Woking frontman has pledged to see out the remaining one year of his contract at the EBB Stadium, in spite of interest from League One clubs.
Morgan signed for Aldershot in 2008 following the Shots’ promotion to the Football League as Conference champions. Aldershot paid a club-record fee to Woking for the striker, and Morgan has since proved his worth to the League Two side. Morgan’s maiden season in the Football League wasn’t quite so prolific, but a decent return of seven goals and strong performances impressed enough for League One Swindon Town to make a bid, only for it to be turned down.
His second season in The Football League was much more prolific, scoring seventeen goals for the Shots, and he was fundamental in the club’s play-off push, only for Aldershot to be well-beaten by Rotherham United in the play-off semi-final.
Morgan’s performances thus far this season have already impressed, being the stand-out player in Aldershot’s victory over Southend last Saturday, leading the line and being the Shots’ main threat at goal. The 27-year-old scored late on in a man-of-the-match performance by the striker, to open his goal tally early on in the season.
Aldershot have made some impressive signings over the summer, including experienced Jamie Vincent from Wallsall, Luke Guttridge from Northampton Town and Glenn Little from Sheffield United, all on free transfers. The Hampshire club did however lose prolific midfielder Scott Donnelly over the summer to Championship side Swansea City. Donnelly netted fourteen goals from midfield last season for the Shots, with his departure making Morgan’s role in the team even more important. At 6ft 4in, Morgan is the archetypal League Two forward, a strong target man with plenty of pace in what is notoriously a very physical league, whilst having the ability to create and score goals for himself, making him a crucial asset to the team.
Hanging onto Morgan could prove to be the most important pre-season move by Shots manager Lee Dillon as the club aim to go one better than last season’s play-off failure, and achieve promotion for their first ever season in League One.