Russell Martin is living the good life at MK Dons
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Russell Martin is loving his time at MK Dons, but the Norwich City stalwart must keep his biggest critic happy.
Martin was part of MK's League Two promotion success last season, after joining on a free transfer in January, and has started both wins in league and cup this campaign for Paul Tisdale's new boys.
Tisdale labelled the long-serving ex-City defender his 'best signing of last season' and Martin is savouring another crack at League One.
"To be honest I had missed that but I think it was my Dad who told me he had said it. The older you get the less you look out for that stuff. You know when you have done well or not," said Martin. "My son is my biggest critic, he tells me I don't score enough goals. I have enjoyed working for him (Tisdale) and learned loads in such a short space of time.
"That was one of the reasons I came here.
"The top end of League Two is not too dissimilar to middle of League One. There are some big teams who are well structured and well organised, which might suit us better at times.
"They will try to implement their style and we have to understand that shift in mentality."
Martin could face a potential reunion with Paul Lambert and Ipswich Town next month in the league, and the Scottish international is determined to prolong his playing career before a move into coaching.
"I absolutely love playing. I don't know how much longer I will play but if I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't still be doing it," he said, speaking to his club's official site. "You savour it a little bit more.
"I was playing with my children on the pitch after the final game of last season and I don't know how many more times I will have that, so you become more aware of it.
"Especially during pre-season, you even try to enjoy that because there might not be many left.
"You become aware of time running out in certain moments.
"We haven't set any targets about promotion or whatever. We just want to be competitive. We are optimistic about what we can achieve. The beauty of our group is there is no ego. The lads who have come in this summer have bought into that.
"The way we play football is the right way, entertaining and attacking."