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Friday 08 June 2012

Martin signs new deal with Norwich

Scotland defender commits future to Carrow Road club until 2015

Russell Martin played 33 Barclays Premier League matches for Norwich City in 2011/12

Norwich City have agreed a new three-year deal with defender Russell Martin which will keep the Scotland international at Carrow Road until 2015.

The 26-year-old made 33 appearances in the Canaries' successful return to the Barclays Premier League in 2011/12.

"We've got a great bunch of lads so I'm really pleased to get it sorted"
- Russell Martin

Martin told Norwich's website: "It's brilliant. I'm extremely delighted, my family and I are really happy around here. It's a pleasure and an honour to be playing for a club of this size and stature.

"The last three years have been brilliant, and hopefully the next three can be just as good.

"As soon as the club spoke about [signing a new contract], it didn't take long to get sorted because I'm so happy here personally.

"We've got a great bunch of lads so I'm really pleased to get it sorted so early on. I can now come back in pre-season raring to go."

Martin's deal comes one day after Norwich unveiled Chris Hughton as their new boss on a three-year deal.

"I'm delighted one of my first actions is to offer Russ this new deal"
- Chris Hughton

Hughton said: "Having just been appointed as manager I'm delighted that one of my first actions is to offer Russ this new three year deal.

"He's had a fantastic couple of seasons here since joining the club in January 2010 and this new deal shows what's he's done for the club over that time."

On the arrival of Hughton, Martin added: "I think it's a great appointment for the football club.

"I think he's done extremely well wherever he's been, at Newcastle and at Birmingham, then of course as a coach and assistant manager at previous clubs."

Former Peterborough defender Martin has now played 113 matches in total for the club since signing in January 2010, following a short loan spell.

In his first season in the Barclays Premier League, Martin scored twice - in the 3-1 win over Swansea City, and the 2-1 success over Queens Park Rangers, both at Carrow Road.

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Key Points

  • Russell Martin signs new three-year deal with Norwich
  • Defender committed to Carrow Road until 2015
  • Martin hails appointment of new boss Chris Hughton