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Marsh eyeing regular Reggae Boyz spot

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Former Cavalier attacker Chevonne 'Messi' Marsh, who made his debut for Finnish second division outfit KPV Kokkola on Sunday and who played all 90 minutes in his team's 5-3 defeat by KTP Finland, expects his move to Europe to improve his chances of becoming a regular in the national senior team.

The former national Under-20 star has twice been selected to the senior squad this year, first in May when he replaced an injured Gil Barnes, and more recently, for the Copa AmÈrica Centenario. But he is yet to feature for the Reggae Boyz, and he is hoping his move to Finland will not only help him make his debut, but increase his chances of becoming a regular.

"Now that I am overseas, I expect to get a real chance in the national team. I see where I can feature more as everything is better here (Finland). The training is better, the level is higher, and I have been waiting on this opportunity to showcase myself to Europe and to be seen on the international scene.

"My performance will tell, but it's all up to the coach. I know what is required. I have to do it week in, week out - be consistent - but I am looking to be a regular, and this (move overseas) shows that I have made the transition, and I am looking to force the coach to make a decision and give more young players a chance," he said.

The 23-year-old describes his move to Europe as a dream come true .

"All is going well. My new teammates are relating to me, and they are excited that I am ready to play. I have been waiting for this moment so long."

Marsh's aim for the rest of the season is to score at least 10 goals and exert his attacking influence all round.

"As an attacking player, the most important thing is to score, or assist, to get your confidence up. I am on a mission, and I am just planning to do the damage and execute the best way I can. I am targeting 10 goals and to assist on as many goals I can and just execute to the best of my ability," he said.