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Russell Martin

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

04/01/1986

Height

183 cm

Signed

04/01/2010

Country

Scotland

CAPTAIN Russell Martin joined City permanently on January 4, 2010 after initially moving on loan from Peterborough United.

Martin made his City debut at Roots Hall in the 3-0 win over Southend United on December 1 and made the right-back spot his own, starting 26 of the 29 remaining League One games as City won the title.

He had joined Peterborough from Wycombe Wanderers in the summer of 2008 having started his career at his home-town club of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Martin made a total of 142 appearances in all competitions for Wycombe, scoring five goals and reaching the 2007-08 League Two play-off semi-finals under Paul Lambert, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Stockport County.

His move to London Road saw him become a first team regular at right-back, and in his first season with the Posh he captained the club to automatic promotion to the Championship.

He made 66 appearances for Peterborough in all competitions, scoring one goal.

Martin was City's top performance maker of 2010-11, playing every minute of the Canaries' season. He was voted runner-up for the Club's Player of the Season award and was awarded with his first international call-up for Scotland - making his debut as an 81st minute substitute in the Scots' Carling Nations Cup game against Wales in Dublin in May 2011.

In January 2011 the defender signed a new contract, committing himself to Carrow Road until June 2014.

During 2011-12, Martin moved from his usual right-back role to cover the centre-back position after several key injuries to defenders during the campaign. He played 37 times in all competitions and registered goals against Swansea and QPR.

He put pen-to-paper on a new three-year deal in July 2012, and vied with Steven Whittaker for the right-back slot before firmly establishing himself in Chris Hughton's plans, starting in every game in the second half of that season - Martin also earned two more caps for Scotland over the course of the campaign.

He was named Club Captain prior to the 2013-14 season and played 35 times in all competitions.

Martin moved into central defence for the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign, and his partnership with Sebastien Bassong after Christmas was one of the cornerstones of City's promotion push.

A month after agreeing a new three-year deal at the Club, the Brighton-born defender led the Canaries out at Wembley as they secured promotion back to the top flight with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

During the 2015-16 season he became City's highest appearance maker in the Premier League having featured in 125 top-flight games, overtaking Mark Bowen's previous record of 119 appearances.

Martin continued as skipper for the 2016-17 campaign, a season where, soon after long-term teammate Wes Hoolahan achieved the same feat, he surpassed 300 matches for the Club.

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