07:00 9th May 2013
by Steve Garland
Striker to join Rams from July 1
CITY can confirm striker Chris Martin has agreed a deal to sign for Derby County after the Club opted against activating a further year option on his contract.
Martin will join the Rams from July 1 on a two-year deal with the option of a further year at Pride Park, putting an end to a 15-year spell at Carrow Road, since joining the Club’s Academy at the age of 9.
The 24-year old frontman initially joined the Rams on a one-month loan deal in February, eventually going on to make 13 league appearances scoring two goals as the Championship side went on to secure a tenth placed finish.
Ahead of the move in July, Martin said: “I am definitely going to look back on my time at Norwich with fond memories.
“There is a lot of good people there and a lot of friends I have made over time. There are a good set of lads there at the minute; I hope they stay up, kick on next season and do really well.
“It is a new start and a new beginning for me at Derby. There is a tinge of disappointment leaving Norwich behind but I am very excited to be signing for another massive club in the form of Derby County.”
Martin made his senior debut for the Canaries as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2007, going on to make 117 appearances, scoring 34 goals in the process.
His most prolific spell came in the Canaries’ 2009-10 League One title-winning campaign, where he scored 23 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions, alongside skipper Grant Holt.
The Club would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his time at the Club and wish him the very best of luck at Pride Park.