Age: 25 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 4(0) *
The next step towards the restructure of the goalkeeping department (as horribly corporate as that sounds) the addition of Marko Maroši from last season’s play-off rivals Doncaster Rovers is a surprising statement of strength given the lack of certainty around the club’s home stadium, as of the time of Maroši’s addition. The Slovakian goalkeeper came through at Wigan Athletic before moving to Doncaster Rovers as a back-up option. Although opportunities for starts were relatively few and far between in his first couple of years at the club, he fought his way into a starting position after the club’s relegation to League Two and was since neck-for-neck with Ian Lawlor as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, playing regularly during Doncaster’s 6th-place finish last season as a result of an injury sustained by Lawlor.
As a goalkeeper of a similar age and with slightly less experience than Lee Burge, Maroši doesn’t arrive as a guarantee of improvement in goal. Reports from Doncaster Rovers fans are mixed, engendering the sense that Maroši isn’t quite the finished product. As the first of what is set to be two goalkeeper signings, the identity of the second goalkeeper is likely to be the bigger indication as to where Maroši fits into the first-team picture. The three-year contract suggests that Mark Robins probably views him as someone who will become the number one goalkeeper over time, although it could well be the case that Maroši has been brought in to be the number one right from the get-go.
*As of 20/08/2019