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Career ladder: Joe Martin

28 January 2013

Name: Joe Martin
Position: Defender
Date of Birth: 29/11/1989
Club: Gillingham
Previous Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur, Blackpool.

What do you remember about your first ever match?
My first ever match was against Watford. I was playing for Blackpool, we needed a point to stay up and we got that point - so yeah, it was a good day.

Who was your childhood hero?
I would probably have to say Zinedine Zidane. At the time, he was the most skillful player in the world.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
I was about 14 when I was offered my pro contract at Tottenham Hotspur, and that was when I thought I had a chance of getting somewhere. 

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Ian Holloway would be up there. And also there was a coach a Tottenham called Ricardo [Moniz]. He was a technical coach and he was good to me.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
It would have gone towards my new car.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
The one at the minute, no. Previously I have always had 12, that seems to come up a lot. I will probably stick with three now, though. I've been doing well at Gillingham so three has been good to me.

Who did you last swap shirts with? 
It would have been when I was 16 and we played France and I got one of the French lads' shirts. I couldn't tell you his name!

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
The nutritional side has improved behind the scenes and, on the pitch, the speed has certainly changed over the last five years or so.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Always believe in your own ability. Also, go with your gut instinct.

If you stay in the game at the end of your career, what will you do? a) Manager b) Coach c) Scout d) Physio e) Pundit?
I'd like to be a coach; I don't think I'd do any other of those jobs.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
A good pro, a good player - and one that enjoyed playing games.

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