Martin relishing second chance
Rejuvenated Lee Martin is relishing the challenge ahead after being handed a second chance at Ipswich.
Last Updated: 05/02/11 1:33pm
Rejuvenated Lee Martin is relishing the challenge ahead after being handed a new opportunity at Ipswich.
The winger switched to Portman Road from Manchester United in July 2009 but only made 18 appearances in his first season, spending long periods in the reserves.
He then joined Charlton on a season-long loan in August but was recalled last month by new Ipswich boss Paul Jewell following Roy Keane's departure.
Jewell was keen to assess everyone in his first-team squad at first hand and the Tractor Boys boss has since handed starts to Martin in the 3-2 win over Doncaster and 2-1 victory at Derby.
Martin is delighted to have been given a second chance at Portman Road and is determined to make the most of the opportunity.
He told the club's official website: "I was basically transfer listed in the summer and while the previous manager (Keane) was in charge there was a real possibility I'd be on my way.
"It wasn't nice to be told you can leave just a year after arriving. He made up his mind I wasn't in his plans and nothing was going to change that.
"I played month after month in the reserves last season and that knocks you. I needed to get away when I did. I think if I stayed another six months, it would have only knocked me further back.
"I went to Charlton thinking whatever happens, happens. I learnt a lot about football in my time there and got a real run of games and that's done me the world of good.
"Now I've got another opportunity here. It's great to be back and playing games for Ipswich and it's up to me to show the new manager what I can do."