‘Sign or be sold’: Lee Martin definitely wants the former and sooner rather than later
LEE Martin has become the second Blues star in a matter of days to publicly declare their commitment to Paul Jewell’s side.
On Wednesday left-back Aaron Cresswell, who had attracted interest from Aston Villa, gave Blues fans the perfect fillip ahead of the new season by insisting he was happy at the club and wanted to stay here for years.
Martin is entering the last year of his contract and is set to become the first player to test Jewell’s tough new stance of ‘sign or be sold’.
But speaking about the situation for the first time following Town’s opening-day 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Martin told the Star he falls very much into the first category and has called on the powers-that-be to get it done.
He said: “Of course, I want to stay. I love it here, I am enjoying it and I am playing where I wanted to play for years. I get on with all the boys.
“There are ongoing discussions, but I would like to get it wrapped up sooner rather than later.
“I’m not sure how close we are at the moment – that is left between my agent and the club. A lot of players get caught up in it, but I just play and concentrate on my football.”
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Martin has continued the feel-good factor around the Blues after almost 20,000 supporters saw Town come from behind against big-spending Blackburn to earn an impressive draw.
In front of a noisy Portman Road crowd, Martin said: “The fans can see what we are trying to do here. We want to do things the right way and bring in a few youngsters. I know fans are passionate about that and they were brilliant.”
The one sour note was Jewell admitting after the match that the bid he had made on Thursday for an unknown player had been rejected.
The manager had admitted he was confident of landing the mystery man – thought to be Derby County striker and long-time target Steve Davies – and he is now expected to increase his offer with Bristol City also showing interest.