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Martin impressed by ambition and facilities

Chris Martin says the club’s desire to reach the Premier League matches his personal ambition and was a significant factor in drawing him to BS3. 

The 31-year-old is the Robins’ second signing of the summer transfer window, penning a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

Having worn the club’s colours for the first time for photographic requirements earlier today, which included a trip to the Ashton Gate roof, Martin told Robins TV: “It’s great to be here and the trip to the roof was interesting – it’s the first time I’ve experienced anything like that. I’ve been assured the pictures would look good though so hopefully that’s the case!

“The option to come here accelerated very quickly over the last few days. I heard about it a couple of days before that, but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind since and I’m delighted to get everything signed.

“I spoke with the manager a couple of days ago and I really enjoyed that initial chat when I came down and it moved very quickly from there so I’m delighted to get it all over the line and I can’t wait to get down to work.”

New signing Chris Martin models the 2020/21 away kit

Martin will report to the club’s Failand training base tomorrow (Friday) morning to meet up with his team-mates for the first time, but will be greeted by some familiar friendly face. 

“I spoke to Pato [Jamie Paterson] a little bit before signing as we seemed to hit it off when he came to Derby,” he added. “I enjoyed playing with him but also as a guy, he’s got a bit of banter about him, so we had a bit back and forth. I can’t wait to see him and everyone tomorrow.

“Back at Derby I also played with Andi [Weimann] – he came after I’d been there a few years and we played quite a bit together. Again, he’s a really good guy and I think that’s key and something the manager has said is really important in terms of getting a good group of people to pull together in the same direction and hopefully I can contribute to that.

“Down at Fulham I also had a year with Tomas [Kalas] - a good year. It’s really nice from my point of view to already know a few of the guys just to settle in that little bit quicker although I’m pretty used to it with the clubs and loan moves I’ve had. I’ve obviously had to do that quite a few times but it’s really good to have signed here, know a few lads and I can’t wait to get going.

“I am still extremely hungry. I’ve played a lot of games and I bring a lot of experience to the squad. I’ve got a real desire to get promoted to the Premier League and I think this is a club that matches that desire and ambition and hopefully we can have many successful years together.”

With a strike-force quartet of Nahki Wells, Famara Diédhiou, Andi Weimann and Antoine Semenyo already at Dean Holden’s disposal, Martin is relishing the competition for places and believes it will only help bring out the best in each player, in what is an ‘impressive’ Stadium and soon to be built training ground.

He continued: “I think competition is something I’ve had throughout my career. I really thrive on that competition and I think that’s really good for the squad as a whole to have someone pushing you and you pushing other people as it can bring the standards up in the group and that’s what I will be doing. I will be working as hard as I can to get into the team and if not, I will be supporting the guys come matchday.  

“I’m a big fan of the stadium – it’s an impressive facility for sure. I love the work that’s gone on here in terms of the planning and how they’ve got things organised. In the building it takes care of every need – there’s really nice changing rooms and the surface is good, having played here a few times before. I’m looking forward to the fans being back in here and getting behind the team.”

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