Championship club Crystal Palace keen to extend loan deal of Norwich City’s Chris Martin
09:41 17 January 2012
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Norwich City’s on loan striker Chris Martin insists his sole focus remains bolstering Crystal Palace’s league and cup push after notching his second goal in the Eagles 1-1 Championship against Leeds at the weekend.
Martin’s extended stint at Selhurst Park is due to end on February 4 following the frontman’s decision to drop back down to the Championship in a bid for regular first team football. The 23-year-old is enjoying life in south London after a frustrating start to Norwich’s Premier League campaign which saw him restricted to four senior appearances for the Canaries.
“I wasn’t obviously getting a look in at the time at Norwich and I felt it was time to go out and get some games,” he said. “Luckily the gaffer here showed some faith in me to get me on loan and play me, so I’m thankful for that. It’s a lot different to what I’ve been used to at Norwich. Every manager’s philosophy is a lot different so just playing time helps and hopefully I’m settling in a bit more.”
Martin expects to return to Carrow Road when his current loan stint expires.
“I’m happy with how it’s going at the moment and hopefully we can kick on in the league as well and keep pushing for promotion,” he said. “I’ve not really thought about it permanently at the moment, as that’s not something that’s an option yet. I’m just looking to do the best in the time I’m here and then go from there. At the minute I’m just looking at it purely as a loan deal.
“I’m first and foremost here to help Palace out and see if we can push and be as high up in the league as possible and obviously push myself on and hopefully I can go back to Norwich where I’m contracted and push on from there.”
Eagles’ boss Dougie Freedman revealed after Martin’s weekend opener against Leeds he may try to convince Paul Lambert to sanction a longer term stay.
“It was a fantastic goal and fantastic work-rate,” he said. “He showed he wants to be part of the team and it is very pleasing as a coach to see people buying in to what you try to believe in and Chris Martin certainly did. There are a few different reasons why we’ve got him for another month and after that month I think it is only fair that I speak to Chris Martin before I reveal what I want to do. But of course with the performances he’s shown, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that I would try to keep him here but that is a conversation I will have with him at the end of the month and I think I owe him that respect to talk to him face-to-face.”