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DAVE MARTIN JOINS ROVERS ON LOAN

15 August 2014

Luton winger joins the Pirates

Rovers have this morning signed Luton winger Dave Martin on loan.

The 29-year-old will be at the Memorial Stadium until January.

Manager Darrell Clarke said: “I have been chasing a winger for a couple of weeks, I wanted someone quick and direct who gets at the full backs.

“He is an out and out winger, and somebody I have been desperate to add to the squad. I am delighted that I have got him.

”He has been at a big football club in Luton, but he has been getting a bit frustrated there, as they have a massive squad at the minute.

“He wants to come here and get some games under his belt, but maybe looking to the future as well.

“He chips in with a few goals, he is very quick and direct and has good delivery, so he is just what we needed.

“He has played in the Championship, League One and League Two, and he knows the Conference very well. He is still very hungry and cannot wait to get started.”

Martin began his career in non league, and whilst at Dartford, his goalscoring record caught the eye of Crystal Palace, who he joined in January 2007.

In 2008 he moved across London to Millwall, helping the team to the League One Play-Off final in his first full season with the club.

Martin signed on loan for Derby County until the end of the 2009/10 in February, with a view to a permanent move on expiration of his Millwall contract.

He completed his permanent move in the summer of 2010, and whilst at Derby he had loan spells at Notts County and Walsall.

In January 2012, he joined Southend United, joining Luton the following January after being released from his contract.

Last season he spent time on loan at Conference side Dartford.

Chairman Nick Higgs said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave to Bristol Rovers on loan.

“This is one of the areas where we needed to strengthen, and he will provide Darrell with another option.

“Now I will continue to support the manager in his search for a new striker.”

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