Norwich City striker Chris Martin hopes his days on loan are coming to an end as he looks for a permanent move.

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The 24-year-old Martin joined Derby County on a 28-day emergency deal on Friday and made his debut as a half-time substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 Championship defeat at Watford.

He earned a penalty when he was fouled by Lloyd Doyley and Jamie Ward scored from the spot to bring the Rams back to 2-1, but the Hornets held on for victory to go second in the table.

“Hopefully, there will not be too many more loan moves and I can look to move somewhere permanently,” said Martin, who has had previous spells with Luton, Crystal Palace and Swindon.

When asked about a permanent move to Derby, he said: “Who knows what might happen?

“That is a possibility, I hope, but we have just got to see how this month goes.

“Hopefully, the club like me, I like the club and everything goes well.

“I am just looking forward to these first four weeks and trying to contribute towards the team’s goals and see where it takes us.”

Martin trained with his new team-mates at Moor Farm on Friday before travelling south for the Watford game.

He told the Derby Telegraph: “I am no stranger to the first few days of a loan move. It is just a case of bedding in and getting to know people.

“I’ve not been involved, of course, at Norwich. I am not in the 25-man squad there, so once I got back from my loan spell at Swindon, it was all about trying to get this loan move sorted out.”

He has a good scoring record against Derby with four goals, including his last goal for the Canaries in a 2-1 Championship win in December 2010.

“I have scored a couple at Pride Park and, hopefully, I can score some more in a Derby shirt,” he said.

Martin scored only once in a dozen games for Swindon under Paolo Di Canio, who resigned as manager last week.

5 comments

  • I was at the game at Vicarage Road with Watford supporting friends. When Chris came on I took more interest but he was overweight, slow and out of sorts, earning lots of criticism from team mates for playing the wrong ball. Not a good start and apart from winning a dubious penalty he can't have endeared himself to the Derby faithful. Shame, because he does have talent.

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    jigs69

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • We wont get a fee for him now as the transfer window is closed. By the time it re-opens he will be a free agent anyway so nobody will be paying us anything for him. We paid a fee for Howson as we signed him in the January window. Apparently we didnt want to wait until the summer when Howson became a free agent in case someone else swooped in and picked him up. I recall that Bates was astounded at how much we offered Leeds for him at the time. Having seen him play a few times I understand why he was surprised.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Looks like Chris Martin is on the way out at Carrow Road. Pity he couldn't cut the mustard in the PL, but such is the standard. Hopefully he will get signed to a good Championship Club where he can continue his career. Also, hope that Norwich City can get a fee for him as they have stuck with him even though they haven't had much use out of him in the last couple of years.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I`d be surprised if we got a fee now, Dubai. I know we paid for Johnny Howson when his contract @ Leeds was running down, (we got BJ baksheesh, tho` ;-) but there was probably competition for JH`s signature - there does not seem to be a swarm of Clubs after Chris. Di Canio was a bit disparaging too - then he IS a tad eccentric! Chris really needs to find a "home" where the fans take to him. He hasn`t always endeared himself to City fans, even when he was a successful member of the "Holy Trinity" in L1. It`s up to him - once somebody gives him another chance. Good luck, Chris.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • That was sort of what I meant, CW! Howson has been a bit of a disappointment, though he was OK vs Everton. No more than OK. I remember Bates calling his decision to sell JH a "no brainer". There were some other strange things with City`s buying under the old régime - last ditch (expensive) effort to beat Swansea to R. Bennett. Howson. Morison. Ayala. Vaughan. Some substantial fees involved by NCFC standards. At least we got Big Bad Brad for free! That`s been a great success. Now we have to wait on what awaits young Cushie Butterfield. Sorry to hear from jig69 that Chris Martin looked in poor nick. He has to sort himself out and pronto.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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