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Marshall to revive Scotland dream

David Marshall
Norwich City signed David Marshall for 1m from Glasgow Celtic in 2007

David Marshall hopes his Cardiff City move will reignite his Scotland career.

The 24-year-old new boy wants to impress at the Bluebirds to challenge Scottish goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Marshall has been signed on a four-year deal from relegated Championship side Norwich City to challenge Cardiff's only other stopper, Peter Enckelman.

But Marshall said: "I've not come down there to sit on the bench... I want to play regularly and challenge Craig Gordon to be Scotland's number one."

Peter Ridsdale insists Cardiff, who missed out on a Championship play-off place by a single goal, need "at least eight new players to have a squad capable of challenging" for promotion next season.

Marshall is Cardiff's first summer signing - for a reported fee of £500,000 - as the Bluebirds brace themselves for big-money Premier League bids for their wanted star players Joe Ledley and Roger Johnson.

The former Glasgow Celtic trainee is hoping to end Cardiff's revolving door of goalkeepers since the departure of Neil Alexander in the summer of 2007.

Cardiff boss Dave Jones has used loan men Tom Heaton of Manchester United, Dimi Konstantopoulos of Coventry and Aston Villa's Stuart Taylor last season, as well as permanent signing, Finnish international Enckelman.

The Bluebirds have also used loan men Kasper Schmeichel from Manchester City and Ross Turnbull of Middlesbrough - but Marshall wants to be the safe pair of hands for that Cardiff can consistently rely on as their last line of defence.


"I've signed with a view to being number one," Marshall told BBC Sport following his move from Carrow Road.

"I played every game last season for Norwich and have been a regular for the last few years.

"I expect to work hard ready for the start of the season and prove I'm there to be the number one.

"I'm desperate to be in the team, I wouldn't have signed otherwise.

"I've had the chance to be a number two to someone a few times but I want to play games. I've also left other clubs because I wasn't playing."

Marshall feels his international prospects are brighter playing in a top Championship side rather than languishing in League One with relegated Norwich.

The man that has the the distinction of saving a Ronaldinho penalty in Europe while at Celtic wants to pressurise Gordon at Scotland level.

Allan McGregor's exile and Gordon's indifferent form could give Marshall a chance to add to his two Scotland caps that he won back in 2004 as he is desperate to push Sunderland stopper Gordon in George Burley's national team.

"I'm happy to join Cardiff and it wasn't a hard decision to make," he said after ending his two-and-a-half year spell in East Anglia.

"It will be better for me playing at the top end of the Championship.

"I want to challenge big Craig Gordon and be number for both club and country."

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