Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that striker Chris Martin has completed the paperwork on a loan move to Madejski Stadium, signing for the Royals from Derby County until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
Martin, who has recently turned 29, has scored goals at every club he has represented during his career to date and arrives in Reading with 130 goals in 346(+82) appearances on his CV.
He joins fellow loanee Tommy Elphick at the club as our second acquisition of the transfer window and will be in contention to make his debut for the club when we take on Millwall at Madejski Stadium this weekend.
Royals boss Jaap Stam said, “With the large number of games still to play this season, it was important to strengthen the attacking options available to us with a player who can add to what we already have within the squad.
"In Chris Martin, we have a striker who has proven his goalscoring ability at the clubs he has played for in the past and hopefully he can give us an extra impetus going forward and score goals for us.”
Chris initially came through the Academy ranks at Norwich City, making his debut at the age of 18 in a Carrow Road encounter with Wolves in January 2007 before scoring goals in four successive league games the following month.
Martin soon earned a reputation as a striker with a formidable physical attacking presence and a proven eye for goal and he totted up 117 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 34 goals in the process to help guide City to back-to-back promotions from League One and then the Championship in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
During his career at Carrow Road, he also enjoyed loan stints at Luton Town, where as a Hatter he scored in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Wembley at the tender age of 20, Crystal Palace and Swindon Town before a permanent move to Derby County in 2013.
The six foot forward became the Rams’ top goalscorer in every one of his first three seasons at Pride Park – recording 25, 21 and 15 goal hauls in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively.
Twice he earned top six finishes with Derby during that three-year period before a loan move to Fulham saw him continue his free-scoring form; once again Martin guided a side into a play-off place by achieving double figures in the goalscoring charts at Craven Cottage last season, including two goals scored in a home win over the Royals in December 2016.
He scored against Reading once again this season in Derby’s 4-2 defeat on home turf back in November and he has netted three times as an opponent at Madejski Stadium to date – firing his first here in a 3-3 draw with Norwich City in November 2010, before bagging a brace in Derby’s 3-0 league win over the Reading in October 2014.
Now, though, the Scottish international strike star has pledged his services to the Royals for the rest of this season.
Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “Goals win games and a striker with Chris’ track record can certainly deliver goals to our first team squad and provide an additional attacking option to the manager for the rest of this season. I am delighted to bring Chris to Reading Football Club and I am confident he can help us enjoy a successful second half to the season.”
Technical Director Brian Tevreden added, “There was considerable interest in Chris’ signature during this window and I am pleased that he has chosen to join us. A striker who has a fine reputation as a proven goalscorer at this level, Chris will be a valuable addition to our dressing room during the final three months of the campaign.”
We would like to welcome Chris, who will wear squad number 27, to Reading Football Club. The loan move remains subject to the normal ratification procedures of the relevant football authorities.