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Martin makes Stadium MK move

Defender becomes first signing of the January Transfer Window...

15 January 2019

MK Dons have signed Scotland international defender Russell Martin.

Martin, who has made over 540 club appearances during his career and achieved four promotions, completed a medical at Stadium MK on Tuesday before finalising his move.

He joins on a free transfer following his departure from Walsall and becomes Paul Tisdale’s first signing in the January Transfer Window.

“I’m delighted to be here,” Martin told iFollow MK Dons. “I’m looking forward to being part of the team and part of the project that the manager is building as well as, of course, helping the Club get back to where it belongs.

“I spoke to the manager a few times and I loved what I heard. We’ve got a good squad here and hopefully I can come here and add a bit of value.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have enjoyed success during my career and I want more. Hopefully I can play my part in bringing that to the Club.”

Martin began his career with Brighton & Hove Albion but made his first professional appearance for Wycombe Wanderers. He played 142 times for the Chairboys before moving to Peterborough United.

The Scot spent 18 months with Posh before joining Norwich City, with whom he made 309 appearances. He captained the Canaries and achieved three promotions with the club while he also holds the record for most Premier League appearances for the Carrow Road outfit.

Martin has also made 29 international appearances for Scotland, since earning his first cap in May 2011.

Paul Tisdale said: “We’re adding to our strength. We don’t want to have another December like we just had, when we lost a couple of defenders, so I felt it was a necessity to bolster that area.

“A player of Russell’s ilk adds value and compliments the young and progressive players that we have. What’s more, I think he’ll fit in very well with our culture.”

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