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Russell Martin departs Norwich City

31 August 2018

Norwich City can confirm Club legend Russell Martin's contract with the Club has been terminated by mutual consent.

Martin joined the Canaries on loan from Peterborough United in November 2009 and went on to make his move permanent in January of the following year.

He was an integral part of the side that achieved back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League and then secure two successive mid-table finishes in the top-flight.

Martin also captained the Canaries in the 2015 Championship Play-Off Final, lifting the trophy at Wembley after they beat Middlesbrough 2-0.

He went on to make 309 appearances in all competitions for City to put him 22nd in the all-time list. The 32-year-old also holds the record for the most appearances made for the Club in the Premier League at 125. 

Martin has found game-time hard to come by over the past 18 months and spent part of last season on loan at Glasgow Rangers.

Everyone at Norwich City would like to thank Russell for his huge contribution to the Club on and off the pitch and wish him all the very best for the future.

The Club will be inviting Russ back for a league game in the future to make a presentation to him and give him and the fans the chance to say goodbye.

Martin said: "It’s not been easy for anyone, this situation I’ve been in. I’m a football player and I really want to play football. I wish I was just comfortable sitting there and picking up my wages at the end of the month, but it’s not what I’m about.

"I’m desperate to play football again. I really appreciate the fact that the Club and I have agreed to do it, basically because it means I’m free to go and play football somewhere and start again. I still feel there’s a few years left in me yet.

"It’s not been an easy decision at all to end my attachment with this Football Club. Everyone knows how I feel about it, but it’s come about and as I said, I appreciate the way the Club has dealt with it and me. I guess it is time to move on. 

"I’ve been honoured and privileged to play for this Football Club. I’ve loved it. The last year hasn’t been ideal and it hasn’t ended as how I would have wanted it to. But I’ll always care for this Football Club and the people involved with it. For me and my family, it’s been a huge part of my life. It will always be my Football Club now."

Sporting Director Stuart Webber added: "We've been in discussion constantly over the summer and we felt this was best for all parties and especially in this case, for Russell.

"Once the window closes, he's unable to then go out on loan to anyone so it was done to free him up to go and sign for someone else.

"For what he's done for this Club, it's only right we did that for him. Russell will be sorely missed by staff and players and supporters. He's been an unbelievable ambassador for what the Club is all about."

Majority shareholder Delia Smith commented: "We have wonderful memories from Russell's time here because he was a great captain, player and a lovely man.

"He's an all-round lovely person and he's very talented. He will be a manager one day because he's just the right person to be a manager. 

"We want to wish him all the best and we are very sad that he's not going to be here anymore."

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