Martin returns with even more to offer Canaries

PUBLISHED: 10:46 11 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:16 10 September 2010

Chris Martin lifts the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley after his goal helped Luton to a 3-2 final victory over Scunthorpe.

Chris Martin lifts the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley after his goal helped Luton to a 3-2 final victory over Scunthorpe.

It's likely to be some time before Norwich City bring in any new faces following their relegation from the Championship - but the return of two loan players to Carrow Road guarantees some freshness in the squad.

It's likely to be some time before Norwich City bring in any new faces following their relegation from the Championship - but the return of two loan players to Carrow Road guarantees some freshness in the squad.

Youngsters Chris Martin and Michael Spillane were deemed surplus to requirements by previous manager Glenn Roeder and were allowed to spend the whole of the 2008-9 campaign at League Two Luton.

The Hatters had the odds stacked against them from the start after having 30 points deducted due to financial irregularities, and duly dropped out of the Football League at the end of the season.

But there were highlights along the way, not least a victory at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - a competition the Canaries will be playing in next term - and Martin views his time at Kenilworth Road in a positive light.

Having scored 13 goals for Luton, including one in the 3-2 victory over Scunthorpe at HQ, the 20-year-old frontman now feels ready to show City fans what he can do - after a distinctly mixed start to his Carrow Road career.

"I've played about 50-odd games at Luton and that can only make me a more experienced player and a better professional," he said. "The manager showed faith in me by playing me week-in, week-out and I feel I have certainly come back a better player. I'm now ready to knuckle down and do a job for Norwich City. I've really enjoyed my time at Luton. Obviously it has been tough, everyone knows about the points deduction and the situation.

"It was tough on the players in the dressing room, you tried to keep it to the back of your mind and not look at the table but everyone knew it was still there.

"We had a great spirit and I think we really showed that in the cup game at Wembley. We showed that day how good we can be and I think that game was a true representation of how well we could play and maybe how things could have gone if the shackles had been off without the points deduction."

"It was a dream come true. As corny as it sounds it was a boyhood dream come true. You watch England playing there, you see FA Cup finals on the television and I was lucky enough to play there and score there and to win which is the most important thing.

"It was an unbelievable experience and to play in front of that number of fans - I think there were 55,000 there and 40,000 of them were Luton fans. It was something special."

With the Canaries slipping to League One, Martin feels his experience of life in the lower divisions will serve him well during 2009-10 and knows what to expect come the big kick-off.

"It will be much the same as I've experienced this season in League Two but with a little more quality," he told the club's official website. "It is going to be tough, we all know that. But if we go about it with the right attitude and the right desire I think we'll be all right."

The Beccles-born striker was keen to praise the impact Hatters' boss Mick Harford has made on him during his time at Kenilworth Road.

"He was certainly someone to look up to - he has played at the highest level and done the business as well. Whatever he says, you've got to listen to - he has certainly helped me to improve my game a lot."

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