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MARSHALL LAW; Bluebirds make swoop for 'keeper in pounds 500,000 deal.

Byline: Terry Phillips

CARDIFF City swooped to solve their goalkeeping problem last night - signing Scottish international David Marshall in a transfer worth up to pounds 500,000.

Bluebirds' manager Dave Jones has snapped up Norwich City's former Celtic keeper Marshall on a four-year deal.

The 6ft 3ins Marshall flew into Cardiff Airport from his home in Scotland early yesterday morning after a fee was agreed between the two clubs.

After passing a stringent fitness test Marshall signed his contract at Cardiff's Vale of Glamorgan Hotel training base at around 7pm last night.

Marshall, 24, then flew back to Scotland and will report for the start of pre-season training in around six weeks' time.

The Glasgow-born goalkeeper, who has played twice for Scotland, was a first-team regular for Celtic when Martin O'Neill was manager.

His full debut came when Celtic drew 0-0 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2004 to beat the Spanish giants on aggregate in the Uefa Cup.

He signed for Norwich in 2007, the fee at around pounds 1m, and has been ever-present for the Canaries over the last two seasons..

City's dilemma: pages 50& 51 His contract with Norwich took him through to the end of next season, but he has moved on after their Norfolk club were relegated to League One.

Marshall's task, having become the fifth Scot at Cardiff City along with Chris Burke, Kevin McNaughton, Ross McCormack and Gavin Rae, is to challenge Finnish international Peter Enckelman for the starting position in goal.

Enckelman was ruled out of City's promotion chase by a knee injury..


David Marshall has won two international caps for Scotland
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 13, 2009
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