REPORT: Former Derby County Striker Chris Martin Expected to Join Bristol City

Chris Martin Bristol City

Former Derby County striker Chris Martin is expected to join Bristol City, according to Greegor MacGregor of Bristol Live.

Chris Martin Expected to Join Bristol City

Free Agent

The Scotsman has been a free agent since the expiry of his contract at Pride Park earlier this summer.

Martin was offered a new deal by Derby earlier this year; however, the striker rejected the offer, and further terms could not be agreed.

As a result, the 31-year-old was released by the Rams after seven-and-a-half years at the club.

An announcement confirming his arrival is expected soon, with the Scottish international still to complete a medical.

Martin made 225 appearances for the Rams in total, scoring 76 goals. The earlier part of his time at Pride Park was when he was most successful; the 2013/14 season saw him score 25 goals in 51 appearances.

After spells out on loan away from the club, Martin returned to the first-team set-up under Phillip Cocu last season. He scored 12 goals in 39 appearances, as Derby finished 10th in the Championship.

Experienced Championship Striker

Martin will no doubt bring a wealth of experience to Ashton Gate. With an inexperienced manager at the helm, it could prove to be a shrewd signing.

While the Robins currently have four options in attack, Antoine Semenyo, the youngest of the quarter, may head out on loan to continue his development.

As a result, newly-appointed manager Dean Holden is looking to supplement his options in attack. According to Bristol Live, he is keen to start the season using a 3-5-2 formation, meaning they need options in attack.

Furthermore, Martin also experience of the play-offs, having featured in them twice before. The Robins continue to have ambitions of reaching the Premier League, and as a result, they may need someone of his experienced to help steer them towards that goal.

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