Norwich City’s Chris Martin is looking to put down roots after fourth loan

Chris Martin has joined Derby County on a 28-day loan.

Chris Martin has joined Derby County on a 28-day loan. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City striker Chris Martin hopes his days on loan are coming to an end as he looks for a permanent move.

The 24-year-old Martin joined Derby County on a 28-day emergency deal on Friday and made his debut as a half-time substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 Championship defeat at Watford.

He earned a penalty when he was fouled by Lloyd Doyley and Jamie Ward scored from the spot to bring the Rams back to 2-1, but the Hornets held on for victory to go second in the table.

“Hopefully, there will not be too many more loan moves and I can look to move somewhere permanently,” said Martin, who has had previous spells with Luton, Crystal Palace and Swindon.

When asked about a permanent move to Derby, he said: “Who knows what might happen?

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“That is a possibility, I hope, but we have just got to see how this month goes.

“Hopefully, the club like me, I like the club and everything goes well.

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“I am just looking forward to these first four weeks and trying to contribute towards the team’s goals and see where it takes us.”

Martin trained with his new team-mates at Moor Farm on Friday before travelling south for the Watford game.

He told the Derby Telegraph: “I am no stranger to the first few days of a loan move. It is just a case of bedding in and getting to know people.

“I’ve not been involved, of course, at Norwich. I am not in the 25-man squad there, so once I got back from my loan spell at Swindon, it was all about trying to get this loan move sorted out.”

He has a good scoring record against Derby with four goals, including his last goal for the Canaries in a 2-1 Championship win in December 2010.

“I have scored a couple at Pride Park and, hopefully, I can score some more in a Derby shirt,” he said.

Martin scored only once in a dozen games for Swindon under Paolo Di Canio, who resigned as manager last week.

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