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RUSSELL MARTIN: DEPARTING PLAYERS DESERVE A SEND-OFF

4 May 2017

Canaries skipper on a closing chapter and new beginnings

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin wants Sunday's final game of the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship season against QPR to serve as a fitting farewell for those leaving the Club this summer.

Seven senior players' time with the Canaries will come to an end upon the expiration of their contracts next month, with long-serving goalkeeper John Ruddy among those set to depart.

"Rightly so, lads like John are getting the chance for a final farewell," Martin told the media at Colney Training Centre on Thursday afternoon.

"I really hope we play well to do those guys a good service for their final game. They've been told in advance and have had time to take it in, and the other lads have had time to digest it too.

"That's football and you have to move on. It shows Stuart Webber's intent and it's probably the right time for it to happen in terms of for the group.

"We can now focus on Sunday, getting the win, then moving onto next season."

After a difficult campaign this term, Martin is determined for a fresh start and wants to see a renewed sense of togetherness in place when pre-season gets underway in July.

"When it was good, everyone was together," the 31-year-old explained.

"This season is done now. I hope we win on Sunday to finish on a high but come July it's a clean slate. Everybody needs to come in and buy into the new system otherwise it falls down on day one.

"There are going to be changes, we just need the supporters to back us and we can go forward together. Come the first game at Carrow Road, let's all be together.

"If I'm playing or not playing, if I'm here or not here, that's what the club needs. It's not about me, or any individual. It's about the football club and we need everyone to buy into it together.

"That's going to be really important next year. Let's get back to what we were four or five years ago. I understand there will be cynicism and scepticism but we need people to buy into it and give us a chance.

"This season hasn't been good enough but if we all stick together we've got a chance of creating something special here again."



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