Martin vows to live up to early promise

Canaries striker Chris Martin has vowed to get back into Glenn Roeder's good books.The City boss has been damning in his criticism of the teenage starlet, whose early promise came to nothing last season when the Beccles youngster hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Canaries striker Chris Martin has vowed to get back into Glenn Roeder's good books.

The City boss has been damning in his criticism of the teenage starlet, whose early promise came to nothing last season when the Beccles youngster hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Roeder said Martin had had it too easy for too long and suggested a spell away from Carrow Road might do the teenager some good.

Martin's stock dropped further when it was revealed that he had been involved in an incident in his home town which had led to him being banned from more than 60 licensed premises.

However, the 19-year-old striker insists he is ready to rediscover the touch which shot him to fame in the second half of the 2006-07 campaign.


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"I want to get back and prove to Glenn that I am ready this pre-season," he said. "I have worked hard and hopefully he can see that and that will be enough to make my way back in. We've been working hard over the summer break and I'm looking forward to getting back to training."

Martin had been working his way through the youth and reserve teams before former manager Peter Grant gave him his big break - and the youngster responded in style, scoring in four consecutive appearances.

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He made seven first team appearances under Grant last season, but only three after Roeder came in - leaving himself with plenty to prove.

"I want to try and force my way back into the first team," he told the club's official web site. "Last season was disappointing for me, and I want to put that behind me and force my way back into the manager's plans."

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