After yesterday’s revelation that Wes Hoolahan is training with West Bromwich Albion and could be in line for a short-term deal, news has surfaced overnight that ANOTHER Norwich City legend is also training with the Baggies under a similar set of circumstances.
Russell Martin has reportedly been training/having a trial with the Baggies after being released from his contract by mutual consent last week as exclusively reported on The Pink ‘Un Show last night.
The story is being reported by lots of different news agencies this morning including footballinsider247.com.
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) September 5, 2018
If you missed the Pink ‘Un Show last night then you can catch up with it above. This week’s panel consisted of the EDP’s Michael Bailey, who is the usual host, Chris Reeve from the excellent Talk Norwich City and yours truly, The Tuckster from Vital Norwich, so as if you needed any more reason than that, you really need to be giving it a look. The moment that I suggest to Michael that Daniel Farke may not be up to his job provokes a sharp intake of breath, as pointed out by Drayton Green in the Vital Norwich Forum.
Getting back to Russ Martin, the 32-year old’s situation is an interesting one in terms of how he was handled by the club and Farke. Within a month or so of his arrival, Farke announced that Russ would be his Captain and he was given a new two-year deal. Just two months later and his Norwich City career was over with the 4-0 loss at Millwall being an ignominious way to end what was largely an excellent Norwich City career.
I don’t for a minute think that Russ was up to being first choice at either centre back or right back in our team. He was not going to regularly play ahead of Hanley, Klose, Pinto or Aarons but last season, having loaned Russ out to Rangers, Farke and Webber left themselves short at right back when Pinto was injured. That saw Farke having to play a short centre midfielder in Harrison Reed there and he was regularly targeted in the air by opposition teams. Just having such a senior player around the club and squad would’ve been useful, to say the least.
Anyway, no doubt we’ll hear more in the coming days as to whether this pair of Norwich legends will be signing on at the Hawthorns.