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Debut goal provides 'massive' boost for Marcus ahead of Shrewsbury

Striker on his quick-fire start to life at Wimbledon

10 September 2019

Marcus Forss said he is excited by a ‘fresh challenge’ at AFC Wimbledon and he’s eager to build on his impressive start in front of goal.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan from Brentford, took less than five minutes to get off the mark in Wimbledon colours, scoring with a superb headed goal on Saturday after coming off the bench. As a goalscoring predator who thrives on hitting the back of the net, it was an encouraging start for Marcus and he’s looking forward to the prospect of making his home debut against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

“It gives me massive confidence to score so early after joining, without really knowing my team-mates,” said Marcus. “I want to push on this Saturday and in the weeks to come. I am not really known for my headers, but anywhere that the ball drops I’m ready to pounce! When you get your chance to play you have to take it and I feel that I did that on Saturday. I need to build on that now and keep improving, but the most important thing is helping Wimbledon to three points on Saturday. I am looking forward to it; I want to impress the team and the fans. I want to score goals and help the team to climb the table, that’s my aim while I’m at Wimbledon.”

Marcus has already scored at the Cherry Red Records Stadium before as he was on target for Brentford versus Wimbledon in a pre-season friendly, but now he wants to score here in Dons colours.

“I’ve scored here before, but I want to score at this ground for Wimbledon next! It’s a nice stadium with a good pitch, so I’m excited about the prospect of getting out there. It’s been fantastic since I’ve joined, the boys have made me feel very welcome, and training has been excellent. 

“I just need to gain experience of playing football. A lot of people at Brentford have helped me to progress. Of course, I started out with the B team, so it’s the whole club that has helped. Training is very good at Brentford and so too are the and facilities.

"I want to help Wimbledon to get a result at the weekend and push on. I’m very excited. I’ve been given a chance here at Wimbledon to show what I can do. It’s a fresh challenge, a chance to learn new things, and a brilliant opportunity for me."

The on-loan Brentford striker could make his home debut for Wimbledon this Saturday and tickets are available to watch The Dons take on Shrewsbury. Book now from our online ticket shop. Hospitality places are also available to make the most of the AFC Wimbledon match day experience.

Marcus hails from a big footballing family in Finland. His father Tero and brother Niclas are both involved in football in his homeland and his grandfather is former Finland international Rainer Forss. After taking up football as a young boy, Marcus left his homeland behind at the age of just 13, a move that summed up his determination to make it as a footballer.

“It was difficult when I first came over here at the age of 13 as I didn’t know the language and I didn’t have many friends, but it has definitely been worth it. Anything for football! Being away from home is part and parcel of football. You have to make sacrifices as a professional footballer.

“I started playing at a very young age as football is a big thing in my family. I think I was four when I started kicking a ball around. My brother was in a team so I went along with him, my Dad was the coach. I got messages from back home in Finland and here after I scored on Saturday.

“My footballing hero when I was growing up was Cristiano Ronaldo. I looked up to him as I was a Man United fan as a boy, my family all support United.”


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