Martin eyes Premier position for Palace
CRYSTAL Palace's new signing Aaron Martin is looking to emulate the success he has enjoyed at Southampton, with the Eagles.
The 22-year-old central defender, who has joined Palace on a season-long loan, has made 29 appearances for Nigel Adkins' men during their rise from League One to the Premier League.
And having enjoyed two successive promotions, Martin is keen to taste more success as he looks to further his experience at Palace.
He said: "Playing against Palace last season, I saw that they were an organised side and you can see that the gaffer has instilled into the squad how he wants to play.
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"There is a great mix of youth and experience in the squad and I want to do as well as I can for the club. I have learnt a lot about what needs to be done to get promotion and hopefully I can bring that to Palace."
Martin added that he could not wait to get started at his new club, adding that he had spoken to his Southampton team-mates Jose Fonte and Danny Butterfield, both of whom enjoyed spells with the Eagles before joining the Saints.
He said: "The Premier League is where I want to be, but I know I need a good season in the Championship to prove what I can do.
"This is exactly what I need – I need to be playing week in week out and hopefully I will get that here at Palace. Dougie is a great manager, this is a great club and I can't wait to get going."
Martin added that he modelled his game on that of John Terry, adding that Eagles fans could expect to see a hard-working guy out on the pitch.
He said: "The way he plays [John Terry], he would die for the cause and that is exactly like me.
"I put everything I can into everything I do."
Meanwhile, he said it was a "weight off of his mind" to get his immediate future sorted early on in the summer.
"It is a weight off my mind as I know exactly what I am doing.
"I am feeling ready and hopefully we can hit the ground running."
Martin is expecting another competitive season in the Championship though.
He said: "If you look at the teams coming down and the teams that have come up from League One, every game is going to be a very hard game.
"It should be another interesting season."