MK Dons have made their first signing of the January transfer window, bringing in experienced defender Russell Martin from Walsall.
The former Norwich City captain joins on a free transfer citing family reasons as a factor in the move.
The thirty-three-year-old will add depth and know-how to Paul Tisdale’s squad, having made over 540 appearances in his career. The former Scottish international is best known for his spell at Norwich City where he made 309 appearances and achieved three promotions. He still holds the record for the most Premier League appearances for the Canaries with 125. Martin made his debut for Scotland in 2011 and has twenty-nine caps to his credit. He has featured on the international scene in games against France, Italy, Germany and England. He won his most recent cap in 2017.
Speaking via the official club website, Martin said: “I’m delighted to be here.” “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.”
Paul Tisdale spoke of the need to bolster a defence which has been uncharacteristically leaky of late with injuries a factor, explaining via the club website that “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.”
Martin made twelve appearances for the Saddlers this term. MK Dons have not disclosed the length of the deal.
Experience during a promotion run-in is essential, and Tisdale has acquired bundles of it with the capture of Martin. His know-how of three promotions will be invaluable to Tisdale’s team as they look to bounce back at the first attempt to League One. A player that could well be as important for what he brings off the field than his performance on it.