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MARTIN TO EXTEND DERBY LOAN

PUBLISHED

06:00 21st March 2013

by Steve Garland

Clubs agree extension until end of the season

CITY striker Chris Martin has had his loan spell with npower Championship side Derby County extended until the end of the season agreed, in a deal that will be finalised next week.

Martin has enjoyed an impressive initial one-month loan spell at Pride Park that saw him score his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over promotion chasers Leicester City on Saturday.

The City Academy product has made five appearances for the Rams in total, playing in every game since arriving in Derbyshire, often alongside Derby frontman and former Wigan Athletic striker Connor Sammon. 

Derby boss Nigel Clough told dcfc.co.uk: "We’re happy Chris is sticking around and we were delighted to see him score against Leicester last weekend.

“We have been talking to Norwich for around a week now, so it’s good to get something sorted.

“We’ve been very encouraged by what we’ve seen from Chris and feel there’s more to come from him too.

“He’s not played too many games this season so he’s been a little short in terms of match fitness and that side of his game will improve with the more games he plays, but in terms of his quality and use of the ball we have been very pleased with him.”

This is Martin’s second spell out on-loan this season having previously had a three-month spell at League One side Swindon Town where he made 12 appearances and scored one goal.

Martin has also featured three times for the Canaries’ this season, twice in the Capital One Cup and once in the Premier League as a second half substitute in City’s 1-1 draw with QPR at the start of the current campaign.

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