Friday, November 16, 2012
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton says there have been no talks over any permanent move to Swindon Town for striker Chris Martin, who has joined the League One club on loan.
The 24-year-old has signed for the Robins in a move that will keep him at the County Ground until January 5.
Martin has been limited to just three appearances for the Canaries this season under Hughton – playing in the Capital Cup wins over Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers, after an 87th-minute appearance as a substitute against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League fixture back in August.
The Beccles-born striker has scored 34 goals in 117 appearances for City but is out of contract at the end of the season.
Hughton said: “It is a chance for him to go and play games. In that respect it was no different to letting Jacob (Butterfield) go out to Bolton last week. These are always tough decisions.
“I think what you can do as a manager is be greedy and look after yourself and the club and keep everybody here for any glut of injuries you might have, but it is about trying to get the balance right.
“At this moment, with what we have got, Chris hasn’t been making the squad so it is an opportunity for him to get the games he needs.”
Asked if there was a possibility of a permanent deal, Hughton said: “It’s not something we have spoken about, to be honest. The opportunity arose and we felt it was a good opportunity. With anybody who goes out on loan, it is about playing games and coming back a better player.”
Martin becomes the ninth City player currently out on loan and Swindon boss Paolo di Canio, whose team are sixth in League One, welcomed him aboard.
He said: “Not everybody will recognise him as the best finisher. He is more a second striker who likes to play round the centre-half, but he is a modern footballer.
“His first touch is good and he plays around the box, and he is a good player like we want to have.
“I told him straightaway, smiling, sometimes he is a bit lazy but has good quality.
“He is an intelligent guy and smiled at my point, and what he misses at the moment is matches. It will take time for him to be fit like the others, and he will see maybe part of the game and then gradually more.”