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CHRIS MARTIN WORKING HARD IN AUSTRIA

19 July 2012

City striker Chris Martin talks to Canaries.co.uk during a training camp in Austria

NORWICH City striker Chris Martin is feeling the benefit of a tough pre-season training camp under new Manager Chris Hughton in Austria this week.

The 23-year-old striker is back training with the Canaries after a loan spell with Championship side Crystal Palace last season, where he scored seven goals in total.

Hughton's side have been working hard on their fitness in the Austrian sunshine, training for three sessions every day, and were rewarded with a break from running in the form of a game of head tennis on Wednesday.

Martin told Canaries Player: "It was a bit of a recovery after a tough day on Tuesday.

"It's good, we're getting our work in when we need to and we're also having a little bit of down time like with a bit of head tennis.

"But Tuesday was probably one of the toughest runs I've ever done in pre-season, so it's a bit of both.

"It's nice to be back with the lads and get involved with the banter. It's going well, it has been a tough training camp so far, and hopefully it carries on.

"We expect it [to be tough], we may not look forward to it too much, but we've got to put the work in.

"I think we've got a professional group here that do put the work in very well. It's a bit of a grind at times, and mentally you just have to get through the work, but everyone is enjoying it deep down really."

A game against German side Hertha Berlin awaits Norwich on Saturday, and Martin thinks the game has come around at the right time for the squad to gauge their fitness levels before the new season.

He added: "It'll be nice to get a few games under our belts and see where we are.

"We'll wait and see how we set up on Saturday, we haven't really talked about it yet, it's just about getting the work in, and getting our fitness levels to where we want them to be and concentrate on the game when we come to it.

"We've been doing a lot of football based stuff in training which is good - not all mangers are like that. But with the new gaffer he's about a lot of football and a lot of possession, which hopefully suits a lot of the lads here."


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