Russell Martin is set to sign for Walsall as a player-coach, according to Sky Sports.

The experienced defender has spent time on trial at Championship side West Bromwich Albion following his release by Norwich City at the end of last season.

However, Martin is set to be announced as a Walsall player today and will join Dean Keates’ backroom staff at the League One side.

He started his career at non-league side Lewes but was snapped up by Wycombe Wanderers in 2004. He spent four years playing for them in League Two before he was signed by Peterborough United on a free transfer and then helped the Posh get promoted to the Championship in his first season.

After half a season in the Championship with Peterborough, Norwich signed him in January 2010 and he went onto play over 300 games for the East Anglian side. Martin was involved in two promotions to the Premier League during his eight years at Carrow Road.

He fell down the pecking order under Daniel Farke last season and was shipped out on loan to Scottish Premier League giants Rangers in the January transfer window. There were rumours that they wanted to sign him on a permanent basis this summer, but Steven Gerrard’s side opted against it.

Russell Martin has bags of experience in the Football League and he will be a useful player for Walsall. The Saddlers take on Luton Town at Kenilworth Road tomorrow and he could potentially make his debut for them if the deal goes through in time.


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