Canaries legend hopes to continue playing after promotion joy with MK Dons

Russell Martin celebrates scoring during the Team Russ v Team Wes charity game at Carrow Road
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Russell Martin celebrates scoring during the Team Russ v Team Wes charity game at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City legend Russell Martin isn’t ready to hang up his boots just yet.

The 33-year-old played an integral part in MK Dons' automatic promotion from League Two, having joined in January.

The defender agreed to bring an early end to his Canaries contract in August but is enjoying his football again, after an initial spell in League One didn't work out.

"It's been a turbulent season personally," Martin said. "I left here, had a break and then went to Walsall, which was a bad choice for me, they didn't get the best from me and I didn't get the best from them.

"I decided it wasn't the right thing for me so went to Milton Keynes hoping for a promotion push and hopefully it was.


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"To do it on the final day was a great way to do it, that's for sure."

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The Scotland international is halfway through studying for his Uefa Pro Licence and is doing some coaching at MK, so is likely to stay with Paul Tisdale's squad.

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On his future, Martin added: "I don't know yet, we'll have to see, I've really enjoyed it, I've got a couple of weeks, I know they'd like to keep me. I'd like to stay so hopefully we can get it sorted and have a look at stuff, there's loads of life in me yet.

"I've really enjoyed the last few months and that's cemented that I want to keep playing. I've really enjoyed it and felt like I've contributed and played well, and promotion helps with that, so I'm looking forward to next season."

After a farewell appearance at Carrow Road on Monday, in a charity game alongside fellow legend Wes Hoolahan, Martin will be keeping a close eye on City's return to the Premier League.

"I'd just say embrace it, enjoy it and don't be scared of anything," was the advice he offered. "I don't think they will, the way they've approached this season, with their inexperience really, has just been unbelievable. They've played with real courage, with a manager who's backed them and given them that courage, and I think it will be the same again next year.

"I just hope they stick with the nucleus of the squad that got them there because I think teams, once they've got to the Premier League, tend to all of a sudden need big names and to spend lots of money but that's sometimes not the case.

"I hope they get the chance and I'm really looking forward to seeing them play there."

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