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"It’s great business for the club" - Chris Martin excited by Darren Bent's arrival at Derby County

2 July 2015

Derby County striker Chris Martin has praised the club after they secured the permanent services of Darren Bent.

Bent - who spent the second half of the last Sky Bet Championship campaign on loan with the Rams - completed a move to the iPro Stadium in June following his release from Aston Villa.

The 31-year-old netted 12 goals in 17 appearances for Derby last term, and fellow striker Martin is relishing the prospect of linking up with the former England international once more.

“Darren Bent is a great addition to the squad and he brings great experience to the team,” Martin told Derby's official website.

“He scored plenty of goals too and hopefully he can carry that on, it’s great business for the club.

“Myself and Darren haven’t really played together too much but I think we’ve seen that we can play together, which is a positive – but it’s all down to the new head coach and what he wants to do.

“When Darren came in we were only playing one up front, which was myself, and when I got injured he came into the side and got amongst the goals.

“It was frustrating really that we didn’t get more time together, because we felt that we had a half-decent partnership brewing.

“Darren likes to play on the shoulder and I like to come in and link the play and, on paper, it looks a good partnership.”

Martin enjoyed a successful season of his own with the Rams last season - scoring 21 times in 46 appearances - despite missing the majority of February and March through injury.

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