Canaries signing targets back-to-back promotions
Norwich City's new signing Russell Martin insisted yesterday that he had no regrets over leaving Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Peterborough.Martin signed a two and half year deal at Carrow Road after the Canaries agreed a reported �200,000 fee for the cultured right-back.
Norwich City's new signing Russell Martin insisted yesterday that he had no regrets over leaving Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Peterborough.
Martin signed a two and half year deal at Carrow Road after the Canaries agreed a reported �200,000 fee for the cultured right-back.
The 24-year-old is confident he can now secure back-to-back League One promotions following a permanent move to link up long term with his ex-Wycombe boss Paul Lambert.
“To be fair the move has worked out well for everyone,” said Martin. “I'm delighted to be at such a big club with a fantastic fanbase. I played for the manager Paul Lambert at Wycombe so we know each other well and we have the sort of momentum Posh had last season so it's looking good for promotion. But I hope Posh survive and we meet next season in the Championship.
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“There are some good people at the club and I don't wish them any harm at all. Obviously there have been a few changes at Posh, but there are still plenty of good players there. It's a tough league, but I believe they can get out of trouble.”
Martin was an ever-present in Peterborough's League One promotion push last season but the reliable defender was frozen out at London Road by previous boss Darren Ferguson.
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“I had a great year at Posh and nothing has happened to me since to spoil those memories,” he said. “Winning promotion as captain and playing in every game was a fantastic experience. I made some great friends at the club and I will always stay in touch with them.
“I was surprised to be left out of the first match of the season, but I accepted it, got my head down and worked hard. I got back in the side and felt I did well, but when I was left out again I realised I might have to move on. It was a strange time because Darren Ferguson left the club, but I spoke to Barry Fry who told me Norwich were interested in me so I went there.
“I had one brief conversation with the new manager, but I got the impression the deal was done and the club wanted me to move.”
Martin revealed he was desperate to seal a full-time Norwich move following his initial loan switch in November.
“I've stated my desire to stay here permanently, as soon as I saw the size of the club, the fan base, the stadium and the facilities at the training ground,” he said. “Thankfully I've done enough to prove to Paul Lambert in the four weeks that I'm worthy of staying and I really enjoyed playing for him as I think most of the lads do.”