Marvin Johnson Buzzing at New Boro Deal
By fmttm
Saturday 15 Aug 2020 10:30:00
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Marvin Johnson signed on the line with a new contract for Boro after winning the approval of new boss Neil Warnock. The The 29-year-old played his way to a deal after being ever present at left back in the final run in as Boro triumphed against relegation. The left flanker told me he was “buzzing that the club and the gaffer want me here.” What more could any Boro fan wish to hear from a player?

Marvin Johnson originally joined Boro back in 2017 as a winger. I well remember him scoring right from the off in away game at Bolton. But it hasn't been all plain sailing for Johnson at Boro as at one point he was loaned out and he has found himself switched back and forth between wide attacking and defensive roles.

Yet, as he showed in taking up this contract offer, Marvin Johnson only sees positives in playing at Boro.

“Even from when I first arrived from the facilities, the club itself, the backing and the fans you can see that speaks for itself, you don't need anyone to tell you (the size of the club). But I love playing here. I loved it from the moment I got here, whether I have had a good time or bad time I have still enjoyed it and kept my head down.”

Marvin was fulsome of praise for Boro at the training ground media call.

“I would love to be here as long as I can and keep giving what I can to the team. I give 100% and if that is enough and I can continue doing that then that is perfect.”

That loan deal at Sheff Utd actually saw Marvin get a medal as the Blades won promotion to the Premier League and now he has a challenge to take up from Neil Warnock who is looking to build a side that can make the switch from Championship survivors to promotion contenders.

Marvin is relishing that challenge, “To be honest with you even with the squad we had last year I think we all know that we massively underachieved and we should have been in and around it then as well.”

But with 60 games for Boro under his belt at this level he is under no illusions as to the difficulty in moving on up.

“Obviously the Championship is a tricky league and you can never really call it. We know that now and we can focus on achieving what we should have done last year.”

I wondered how it was as a player going out and performing without any fans.

“I think it was difficult at first, it was almost like you were playing a training match.” Not what you want then when you were playing for Championship survival.

“Obviously it was a lot harder, especially the last 10 /15 minutes of a match, when you are on top of a team you have got the fans behind you and you have got the atmosphere as well. It drives you, it gives you that extra 10%. So it was a massive miss. To get them back as soon as possible is what we all want.”

How will he approach next season as we are due to start again without any fans.

“It is just getting that right mentality. A normal game with the fans even when you come out to warm up you can see the stadium filling up, they are making noise and that already helps you on but in this situation its like you are going out there to warm up for training but you have got to mentally prepare yourself to be right from the start.”

It must be fantastic to have won your contract, I asked Marvin at his signing zoom press conference. Proving yourself in those games helping to keep Boro up and winning your contract in that way must have fantastic.

“Yes, definitely even when we got the result against Reading away we thought we were safe then but we weren't, we still knew we needed to get the job done. Obviously the win against Sheff Wednesday was massive. It was a massive relief for everyone and then it was on to the next step and see where we go from here and I'm buzzing that the club and the gaffer want me here.”

 

Marvin signs



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