First of all, I am delighted to be back playing football. I have been out a year or so, which is never good, but it’s given me a chance to work on my fitness and make sure I am ready for a return, which happens to be a club, funnily enough, I’d never dreamt of joining when my old contract expired! But the ideas this club has is fantastic, and I am really looking forward to getting started and playing well for the club.
I am not going to lie to you. Martin was just a hopeful signing, I didn’t think he’d actually want to join – let’s be honest, he could play in a lot higher division! I couldn’t believe my luck when I got the call that he’d accepted our contract. He is an amazing player and one that will be essential to any success we may have this year.
However, at the end of his contract, he joined Queens Park Rangers in 2003, and stayed with the club for nine years, becoming a fan favourite and making just under 200 league appearances, and scored 33 times. He spent 2011, however, on loan at Millwall and Wycombe Wanderers, where he made a combined eleven appearances, and left QPR in 2012.
He then joined Colchester United to the end of the season in 2012, making nine appearances and scoring twice, before joining Leyton Orient for the next season. He made thirty-three appearances for the O’s, and found the back of the net on four occasions, before moving to Aldershot Town – where he made thirty-six league starts and scored twice.
He then spent a year out of the game, reportedly retiring, before making his comeback with Canterbury United.