Date: 21st January 2016 at 8:34am
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Manager Neil Harris has praised the attitude of winger Lee Martin, and whilst it seems unlikely he will return really having fallen out of favour the door isn’t completely shut on him.

Speaking to the South London Press with the winger heading out last Friday and making his debut for Northampton last weekend, Harris explained that it was a good opportunity to get him some game time and whilst his replacement at the moment is Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Jed Wallace, we’ll have to see what the future brings.

Talking about the 27 year old, Harris explained.

‘I am delighted he now has a chance to play some football. He is a great lad and has been a really good professional. It has been a tough couple of months for him as he has not appeared much. But he has still come in every day and worked his socks off. He has been a fine example to anyone out of the squad of working hard, and as a result he was ready when the opportunity arose.’

Harris went on to say that obviously it was initially a spell out on loan for a month, and if Martin enjoys himself and with a mind to having appropriate cover ourselves, we’d then see what the future would bring in terms of extensions.

‘Initially it will be for a month and we can see if he enjoys himself and wants to stay – while also being mindful of what we might need later on. We can then make a decision about what happens next in a few weeks` time. Jed came in when we thought Lee might be going out. Jed gives us another attacking option, which we need bearing in mind the risk of injuries and suspensions. He has done really well. He has had a positive impact in the three games he has played. He has given us a different dimension. But it is still early days.’

Part of the decision in the future on Martin will be whether Wolves are open to an Wallace extension, but Harris confirmed we aren’t yet at that stage.

‘We have not got to the stage of asking Wolves whether we can extend his loan. We have to be respectful of his parent club. We do not want to have unhappy players who cannot see a pathway into playing on a Saturday afternoon.’

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