Former Derby County striker Steve Howard has described current rams forward Chris Martin as a ”great signing” for his old club.
The ex Norwich City striker, has scored 23 league goals in his first full season at Derby and has made a real impact in securing Steve McClaren’s men a third place finish with a record points tally of 85.
The 25 year old became the first Derby player since Dean Sturridge to reach the 20 goal mark 18 years ago.
Steve Howard came close with 19 goals seven years ago as he helped the rams win promotion in 2007. The former Luton Town striker who cost Billy Davies 1 million pounds has hailed the efforts of Derby County’s top goalscorer.
”He has been really good, he’s a very good player and has been very important to the team. I’m sure he’ll be able to kick on from here. He’ll do well in this side and hopefully, he can help them win at Wembley again.
Derby County play Queens Park Rangers at Wembley on Saturday for a place in the Premier League.
Chris Martin was signed on a free transfer at the start of the season after a successful long spell at the end of last season by then manager Nigel Clough.
Howard added ”I don’t think anyone had high hopes for him this season but he’s come in and done a fantastic job”. Chris Martin scored twice in 13 appearances last season and his overall performance was a key factor for a permanent approach by Nigel Clough.
Howard, one of the promotion heroes seven years ago, is looking to carry on playing football wherever an opportunity arises. Now aged 37 and being released by Hartlepool United last November, the United States is a possibility.
”I’m a free agent, I’ve got three or four options. America is a shout, so I might go and play there.