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Russell Martin: Long-serving Norwich City defender leaves the club

Russell Martin captained Norwich to promotion to the Premier League in 2015. Credit: PA

Norwich City have confirmed that long-serving defender Russell Martin has left the club by mutual consent.

Martin joined the Canaries from Peterborough United in 2009 and went on to help his new club secure back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League.

He also captained Norwich to victory in The Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough in 2015 and he holds the record for the most appearances made for the club in the Premier League at 125.

Appearances in all competitions for Norwich City

However, he fell out of favour following the arrival of Head Coach Daniel Farke last season and was loaned out to Scottish giants Rangers.

Norwich have revealed that they will be inviting the 32-year-old back for a league game in the future to give him a chance to say goodbye to the fans.

Martin celebrates scoring against Liverpool at Anfield in 2015. Credit: PA

"It’s not been an easy decision at all to end my attachment with this Football Club. Everyone knows how I feel about it, but it’s come about and as I said, I appreciate the way the club has dealt with it and me. I guess it is time to move on," Martin said.

"I’ve been honoured and privileged to play for this Football Club. I’ve loved it. The last year hasn’t been ideal and it hasn’t ended as how I would have wanted it to. But I’ll always care for this Football Club and the people involved with it. For me and my family, it’s been a huge part of my life. It will always be my club now."

Following news of his departure, Majority shareholder Delia Smith was among those to pay tribute to Martin's service.

"We have wonderful memories from Russell's time here because he was a great captain, player and a lovely man," she said.

"He's all-round lovely person and he's very talented. He will be a manager one day because he's just the right person to be a manager.

"We want to wish him all the best and we are very sad that he's not going to be here anymore."

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