Norwich City’s Chris Martin eager to extend loan deal at Swindon Town
PUBLISHED: 11:04 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:04 10 January 2013
Striker Chris Martin is hoping his loan at Swindon Town will be extended to the end of the season – when a decision must be made on his Norwich City future.
Martin’s contract at Carrow Road expires at the end of the current campaign, but he has made just seven first team appearances for the Canaries in the past 18 months, with lengthy loan spells at Crystal Palace and Swindon.
The 24-year-old has just extended his stay a further 28 days with the League One promotion-chasers to February 2, and will become a free agent in the summer if his current deal is not renewed.
Martin has not scored in his eight outings for the Robins but impressed manager Paolo di Canio enough to earn a longer stay.
He said: “I would have liked to have extended it until the end of the season right away but that’s not the case. I hope it does still happen.
“I’d like to stay to the end of the season. I think I’ve settled in quite well here. The manager said he wanted to keep me and I wanted to stay here so it’s worked out well in that respect and I hope we can have some success while I’m here.”
Martin knows that if he does not figure in Norwich’s plans, an impressive second half to the season will enhance his chances of getting a new club in the summer, whether or not that club is Swindon.
“I need to concentrate on the games that are coming thick and fast,” he told BBC Wiltshire. “I have to concentrate on doing the business on the pitch, because I won’t be earning any contracts anywhere if I’m not performing on the pitch.
“Every footballer says it, but it is true. If I play as well as I can then that situation will get sorted.
“From my point of view I want the security of a contract somewhere, but it’s run down now at Norwich.
“I had it for 3½ years and I’m into the last six months and if I can do the business on the pitch then roles could be reversed and I could be in a strong position.”
Martin, with 34 goals in 117 games for City, is hoping to open his account for Swindon sooner rather than later, with a trip to in-form Bournemouth to look forward to on Saturday.
He said: “I’m looking to do my best for Swindon Town, keep us up near the top of the division. We’re on a great run of form and I hope everything else takes care of itself.
“Every game would be a great time to get off the mark. If it’s a 2-1 win or 1-0 and I pop up with that it would be ideal.”