Thursday, March 21, 2013
Norwich City striker Chris Martin has had his loan spell with Championship side Derby County extended until the end of the season.
Martin’s initial one-month loan spell at Pride Park ended after he scored his first goal in five appearances for the Rams in their televised 2-1 home win over promotion-chasing Leicester City on Saturday.
The deal will be finalised next week before Derby resume their league programme with a Good Friday game at home to Bristol City.
Derby boss Nigel Clough told the club’s official website: “We’re happy Chris is sticking around and we were delighted to see him score against Leicester last weekend.
“We have been talking to Norwich for around a week now, so it’s good to get something sorted.
“We’ve been very encouraged by what we’ve seen from Chris and feel there’s more to come from him too.
“He’s not played too many games this season so he’s been a little short in terms of match fitness and that side of his game will improve with the more games he plays, but in terms of his quality and use of the ball we have been very pleased with him.”
Clough also hinted at the possibility of a permanent deal for next season.
“We are looking at maybe beyond his loan, we’ll see,” he said.
Martin, 24, is out of contract at Carrow Road in the summer, and is not in City’s current 25-man Premier League squad.
He is on his second loan move of the season after a three-month spell at League One side Swindon Town where he made 12 appearances and scored one goal.
He has made only three appearances for the Canaries’ this season, taking him to a career total of 117 games for the club, in which he has scored 34 goals.