Canaries connection grows at MK Dons as Martin signs Surman
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Russell Martin has continued using his Norwich City contacts to strengthen his MK Dons squad, with the addition of former Canaries midfielder Andrew Surman.
The 34-year-old’s time with Bournemouth came to an end in the summer after seven seasons, making over 130 Premier League appearances for the south coast club.
Now Surman has signed a short-term deal with the Dons, who currently sit 14th in League One during their second season under the stewardship of Canaries legend Martin - with former City striker Cameron Jerome in their squad alongside Norwich loanees Carlton Morris and Louis Thompson.
“I’m delighted to be here and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Surman told his new club’s website. “I know Russ from our time at Norwich together and I know what sort of football he wants to play. It’s a brand of football that is all I’ve known for the past six years that I’ve been at Bournemouth - it’s something that suits my game.
“I’m hoping I can come in and add something to that. I’m a player that wants to get on the ball and keep it moving, and I look to impose my technical ability on every match I play.”
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Surman played alongside Martin as City secured promotion from the Championship in 2011 and 12th place in the Premier League in 2012, before injury knocked him off course.
A successful loan season earned a permanent move, playing a key role in Bournemouth being promoted to the top flight alongside the Canaries in 2015.
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Dons boss Martin said: “It’s an incredible signing, he was a captain of a Premier League team last season. He’s going to add a huge amount on and off the pitch. We’ve talked about the importance of having experience and people who have been there and done it, and suit our style - he’s exactly that.
“It’s another player I’ve played with, but hopefully, people can see we don’t just bring in anyone. The biggest reference for me is the fact I’ve spent time in the dressing room with these players and spent time on the pitch with them. He’s one of the best footballers I’ve played with and he’s only got better with age.”