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Martin aims to make impact

Derby striker Chris Martin is determined to make his mark on the Premier League with his current club next season.

The 25-year-old is still smarting from not been given an opportunity to showcase his talent in the top flight after winning promotion with Norwich in 2011.

Martin played just three Premier League games for the Canaries, before making loan moves to Crystal Palace and Swindon.

But the Scotland call-up is now preparing for another assault on the top division, providing Derby can overcome Queens Park Rangers in Saturday's Championship playoff final at Wembley.

"It's a driving factor for me. I want to get back there," Martin said. "I wasn't there long enough for my liking last time - I barely touched it. I don't like to call myself a Premier League player as I wasn't there long enough.

"I wasn't fancied at the time to do the job at Norwich - the manager put his trust in others to do the job. That's what they are paid for and it turned out well for them at the time.

"But the loan spells were a big learning curve and a step in the process for me. I went to Crystal Palace and Swindon and that led to me being here at Derby."

And Martin could end the month with a first international cap, when Scotland take on Nigeria at Craven Cottage next Wednesday.

Martin, who qualifies to play for Scotland through his father, said: "I can't predict the future, but hopefully those few days will be the biggest moments of my career.

"I'm honoured. If I go to the Scotland squad with one of the biggest smiles on my face then things have probably gone to plan on Saturday.

"Then I will hope to get my first Scotland cap. It would be a lovely double."