Aaron Wilbraham will shine at Crystal Palace says Norwich City’s Chris Martin
Norwich City striker Chris Martin has backed former team-mate Aaron Wilbraham to be a big hit at Crystal Palace.
Martin is looking to impress new City chief Chris Hughton on the club's Austrian pre-season trip this week after returning from an extended loan stint at the Championship club last season.
Ex-Norwich striker Wilbraham has moved in the opposite direction on a two-year deal after being released by the Canaries this summer – but Martin is confident the experienced frontman can flourish in south London.
'Albi will be a good hit there. I get on with him very well. He is a great lad. I'm sure the Palace lads will appreciate his banter and hopefully he hits the ground running this coming season and it'll be a really good one,' said Martin.
'The whole reason I went to Palace was to get some games. I enjoyed my time down there. Dougie Freedman was good to me. I thought it went okay. We struggled towards the end of the season after a decent start but I got some decent games under my belt and I thought I did well.'
Martin would relish the chance to be involved in tomorrow's opening Norwich friendly against German outfit Hertha Berlin in Gleisdorf after revealing City's squad are enjoying new boss Hughton's methods.
'We'll wait and see how we set up on Saturday. We've not really talked about the game so far,' he said. 'It's just been all about hard work, getting our fitness levels to be where we want them to be. I'm sure we'll concentrate on that a bit nearer the time. It'll be nice to get some games and see where we are. I'm enjoying it. It's nice to be back with the lads and to get back involved with the banter. I think it is going well.
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'Every manager is the same in that at this stage you have to get your work in, but the manager has been very good with the ball work as well.
'Not every manager is like that, unfortunately, but the new gaffer is all about possession and lots of touches of the ball. Hopefully that suits the lads here.'
Martin told the club's official site Hughton and his coaching team have also instigated a punishing fitness regime at their Austria base.
'It has been a tough training camp and hopefully it carries on in the same vein,' he said. 'As players you don't really look forward to it but you expect pre-season to be tough.
'You have got to put the work in. We've got a professional group here that is prepared to put the work in very well.
'Mentally at times it can be a bit of a grind, but I think deep down players enjoy it.'