SWINDON TOWN: Martin aims to impress

Paolo Di Canio, pictured, has brought Chris Martin to the County Ground

Paolo Di Canio, pictured, has brought Chris Martin to the County Ground

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

CHRIS Martin believes his loan move to Swindon Town is the perfect chance for him to put himself in the shop window as his contract with Norwich runs down.

The striker’s current deal with his boyhood club expires in the summer, and the 24-year-old has struggled to earn playing time with the Canaries since their promotion to the Premier League at the start of last season.

Martin spent much of 2011/12 on loan at Crystal Palace, and believes a similar stint at Town could be exactly what he needs to earn a deal at a new club, be it with the Robins or elsewhere.

“It has been pretty tough because I have not been involved in many squads, and I have been not travelling away which is not great,” he said.

“It is hard getting your head around the fact you are not playing on a Saturday because that is what every footballer wants to do, and that is why I am here because I am at the stage of my career where I need to play.

“I am in the last six months of my contract now and it is even more important I start playing games, and that is what has driven me to a loan move.

“I need to look at this and thing I only have a contract until the end of the season, and if I am not playing games people are very unlikely to want to take me, but if I am playing and scoring goals the rest takes care of itself.”

While Martin’s first objective is to force his way into the Town side, he is very clear in what he wants to do when he gets there.

“I like to score goals, and I like to get the ball to feet because I am good on the ball,” he said.

“But the main thing you get judged on is your goals, and it doesn’t matter how well you play because you need to be on the end of things scoring goals, although obviously you want to put in the big performances too.

“I want to show enough in training and work hard enough for the manager to pick me in games, and when I have done that I want to score goals, and I want to help maintain what the team have been doing so far.

“I have seen the progress the club has made like their promotion from League Two and how they are coping in League One, and I thought it would be a good chance to come here and maintain that success.

“Looking at the setup here it is great and the lads have made me feel very welcome, and there are some very good players here, and hopefully we can do well.”

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7:06am Fri 16 Nov 12

mightywoolst says...

good luck mate come on town
good luck mate come on town mightywoolst
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7:21am Fri 16 Nov 12

mallorca says...

Also good luck,however just hope he is fit and satisfy Pdc.On a personal note his private life does not make good reading banned from most Pubs in east Anglia.
Still really hope he grabs ths chance and it works for him and the Town
THE PAST IS THE PAST
Also good luck,however just hope he is fit and satisfy Pdc.On a personal note his private life does not make good reading banned from most Pubs in east Anglia. Still really hope he grabs ths chance and it works for him and the Town THE PAST IS THE PAST mallorca
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8:04am Fri 16 Nov 12

Oldhamred says...

mallorca

This is not the first time that his ban from 60 plus pubs has been mentioned.
It is a non-story that the gutter poster will pick up on soon enough without you giving them a helping hand.
Just to clarify the situation: He was actually banned from 1 club in 2008, but because of the local pub watch scheme was automatically banned from all other pubs and clubs operating the scheme.
This next statement is very important.....NO CHARGES WERE BROUGHT, AND THE BAN IS NOW FINISHED AS IT ONLY LASTED FOR 12 MONTHS.
Hope that clears things up for the negative posters that will surely follow.
mallorca This is not the first time that his ban from 60 plus pubs has been mentioned. It is a non-story that the gutter poster will pick up on soon enough without you giving them a helping hand. Just to clarify the situation: He was actually banned from 1 club in 2008, but because of the local pub watch scheme was automatically banned from all other pubs and clubs operating the scheme. This next statement is very important.....NO CHARGES WERE BROUGHT, AND THE BAN IS NOW FINISHED AS IT ONLY LASTED FOR 12 MONTHS. Hope that clears things up for the negative posters that will surely follow. Oldhamred
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8:39am Fri 16 Nov 12

Rebel_phish says...

Well I hope Chris wont get involved in any of the club's Politiks.

As long as he Dont Panic, plays at the Speed of Sound, he'll turn a few defences Yellow and get them chasing White Shadows

The oposition will soon be put in their Place and with all the goals he scores, Put a Smile Upon Our Faces. We will all soon be in Para ... Para ..Paradise.
Well I hope Chris wont get involved in any of the club's Politiks. As long as he Dont Panic, plays at the Speed of Sound, he'll turn a few defences Yellow and get them chasing White Shadows The oposition will soon be put in their Place and with all the goals he scores, Put a Smile Upon Our Faces. We will all soon be in Para ... Para ..Paradise. Rebel_phish
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9:17am Fri 16 Nov 12

mallorca says...

oldhamred no offence was meant to the player as said whatever happened in the past is done and dusted all I said was what was reported as you rightly said in Press.negative as it was.
So hope it works out for him and the Town
oldhamred no offence was meant to the player as said whatever happened in the past is done and dusted all I said was what was reported as you rightly said in Press.negative as it was. So hope it works out for him and the Town mallorca
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12:17pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Swindon1984 says...

mallorca wrote:
Also good luck,however just hope he is fit and satisfy Pdc.On a personal note his private life does not make good reading banned from most Pubs in east Anglia. Still really hope he grabs ths chance and it works for him and the Town THE PAST IS THE PAST
This has to be at least the third time you've queried his fitness - I've seen nothing to suggest he won't be, and I'm sure he wouldn't have even been considered if he wasn't somewhere near the required level. Don't expect him to waltz straight into the starting lineup (though you never know) but he will have to be at a reasonable level already or we wouldn't have signed him.
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: Also good luck,however just hope he is fit and satisfy Pdc.On a personal note his private life does not make good reading banned from most Pubs in east Anglia. Still really hope he grabs ths chance and it works for him and the Town THE PAST IS THE PAST[/p][/quote]This has to be at least the third time you've queried his fitness - I've seen nothing to suggest he won't be, and I'm sure he wouldn't have even been considered if he wasn't somewhere near the required level. Don't expect him to waltz straight into the starting lineup (though you never know) but he will have to be at a reasonable level already or we wouldn't have signed him. Swindon1984
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12:18pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Swindon1984 says...

More likely scenario is that he's featured as much for Norwich as he's likely to given their now in the premiership, they may not be looking to renew his contract and he needs to "put himself in the shop window" as said above. If he's looking to impress that can only be a good thing.
More likely scenario is that he's featured as much for Norwich as he's likely to given their now in the premiership, they may not be looking to renew his contract and he needs to "put himself in the shop window" as said above. If he's looking to impress that can only be a good thing. Swindon1984
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4:26pm Fri 16 Nov 12

old town robin says...

Judging from his interview, sounds like he might be a bit selfish and greedy around the box, GOOD, exactly what we have been asking for since Austins departure.

Wish him luck in his quest to score goals, possible 11 games for him until 5th Jan, 10 goals will do for a starter.
Judging from his interview, sounds like he might be a bit selfish and greedy around the box, GOOD, exactly what we have been asking for since Austins departure. Wish him luck in his quest to score goals, possible 11 games for him until 5th Jan, 10 goals will do for a starter. old town robin
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4:29pm Fri 16 Nov 12

smirg kcab says...

If your judged on goals the two upfront would never play again.
Hope you and storey plays then bring Williams and Collins on in the 98th Min.
Onwards and downwards
If your judged on goals the two upfront would never play again. Hope you and storey plays then bring Williams and Collins on in the 98th Min. Onwards and downwards smirg kcab
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5:22pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Coleview Red says...

Rebel_phish wrote:
Well I hope Chris wont get involved in any of the club's Politiks.

As long as he Dont Panic, plays at the Speed of Sound, he'll turn a few defences Yellow and get them chasing White Shadows

The oposition will soon be put in their Place and with all the goals he scores, Put a Smile Upon Our Faces. We will all soon be in Para ... Para ..Paradise.
I wonder if he'll bring his mate, that would really Jay-Z up the County Ground.
[quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: Well I hope Chris wont get involved in any of the club's Politiks. As long as he Dont Panic, plays at the Speed of Sound, he'll turn a few defences Yellow and get them chasing White Shadows The oposition will soon be put in their Place and with all the goals he scores, Put a Smile Upon Our Faces. We will all soon be in Para ... Para ..Paradise.[/p][/quote]I wonder if he'll bring his mate, that would really Jay-Z up the County Ground. Coleview Red
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9:44pm Fri 16 Nov 12

mikek says...

mallorca wrote:
Also good luck,however just hope he is fit and satisfy Pdc.On a personal note his private life does not make good reading banned from most Pubs in east Anglia.
Still really hope he grabs ths chance and it works for him and the Town
THE PAST IS THE PAST
Why mention it then. Have you done anything wrong that we should know about.
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: Also good luck,however just hope he is fit and satisfy Pdc.On a personal note his private life does not make good reading banned from most Pubs in east Anglia. Still really hope he grabs ths chance and it works for him and the Town THE PAST IS THE PAST[/p][/quote]Why mention it then. Have you done anything wrong that we should know about. mikek
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