New Derby County loan striker Chris Martin keen to settle down after series of loans
DERBY County's new loan signing, Chris Martin, hopes to impress enough to earn a permanent move.
Martin has arrived from Norwich City for a month, initially, and the 24-year-old striker is in the squad for today's Championship clash at Watford.
This is the fourth loan spell of his career, having already had stints at Luton Town, Crystal Palace and Swindon Town.
He is out of contract at Norwich in the summer.
"Hopefully, there will not be too many more loan moves and I can look to move somewhere permanently," said Martin, who has scored 55 goals in 206 games during his career.
When asked about the chances of a permanent move to Derby, Martin added: "Who knows what might happen?
"That is a possibility, I hope, but we have just got to see how this month goes.
"Hopefully, the club like me, I like the club and everything goes well.
"I am just looking forward to these first four weeks and trying to contribute towards the team's goals and see where it takes us."
Martin's arrival was preceded by Theo Robinson's departure.
Robinson has joined Huddersfield Town, one of his former clubs, on loan until the end of the season.
Rams manager Nigel Clough said: "With Theo asking to go out on loan, there was obviously a need to bring in a replacement and we are pleased Chris has decided to join us.
"He gives us another option in attack.
"Initially, he is here for a month and we will take things from there."
Martin trained with his new team-mates at Moor Farm yesterday and he was impressed with the facilities.
"They are top notch, they are Premier League level and even better than what I have experienced at Norwich City, which in themselves are very good," said Martin, who has a good scoring record against Derby.
He has found the net in each of his four appearances – twice for Norwich and twice while on loan at Palace.
"I have scored a couple at Pride Park and, hopefully, I can score some more in a Derby shirt," said Martin.
"I am no stranger to the first few days of a loan move.
"It is just a case of bedding in and getting to know people.
"I've not been involved, of course, at Norwich. I am not in the 25-man squad there, so once I got back from my loan spell at Swindon, it was all about trying to get this loan move sorted out."
Martin scored only once in a dozen games for Swindon under Paolo Di Canio, who resigned as manager earlier this week.
"I am richer for the experience at Swindon Town," said Martin.
"The things that I came across there were very different to most regimes I have been under before but it was good to experience that.
"It has probably improved me as a player and as a person."
Martin started as a trainee at Norwich, where he has scored 34 goals in 117 games.
He helped them to win promotion to the Premier League in 2010-11 but his chances have been limited in the past two seasons.
An appearance as a subsitute in Norwich's opening Premier League game this season against QPR was followed by two starts in the Capital One Cup before he went on loan to Swindon.
â Derby defender Tom Naylor has joined Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season.