The only talk during the build up was that Yeovil had offered a five figured sum for the signature of Marvin Johnson (right) a few days ago but that had been rebuffed by the board and they hadn't come back to us with a better offer that would match our six figure valuation. Instead, while most sane folk were sound asleep in their beds, the wheels were in motion to move Marvin north of the border under the cover of darkness. By the time we rose for our breakfast and another day at the grindstone Magic Marvin was posing for pictures wearing some lurid raspberry and mustard get up.
The footballing world, and Yeovil, had been stunned into silence by this un-expected turnaround of events. Marvin Johnson had only gone and signed for a Premiership club although it was in Scotland and Motherwell were second from bottom of the table. Marvin can now look forward to games against the former Harriers midfield maestro, James Vincents, Inverness and Celtic while looking over his shoulder to relegation and teams as lowly as Raith Rovers, Alloa and something called Glasgow Rangers. I remember them.
Marvin joined the Harriers back in 2012 from Romulus and became something of an instant hit, if slightly enigmatic with his laissez-faire attitude at times. That attitude led him to joining Hednesford on loan for a while and he came back slightly better for it but not enough for the Harriers management team.
At the start of this season he was told to pull his socks up and start to apply himself to his game a bit more. This he did, with interest, and this season became our brightest star and leading scorer.
When he was on his game, on a decent pitch, Marvin was in his element and would rip defenders to shreds, for fun. Recently though teams have got wise to him and began to stick two or more defenders on him to stifle his game. Just as at Chester a few weeks ago when during that awful first half he could not shake off the shackles of their defenders and withdrew into a shell but come the second half, and a rollicking, he came out a changed man and we were so much better for it.
Give Marvin a good pitch and one defender and he's happy.
Now that will all be a thing of the past for us and Magic can terrorise the tartan defenders into submission and hopefully score a few goals too. Good luck Marvin. Don't forget us.
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