The Ed looks at another of this week’s United signings Dan Martin…
CAREER SO FAR
Dan Martin started out in the Fulham U18s and developed a reputation as a utility man, able to cover in various different positions around the pitch. He then left for Cardiff City in 2018, before being loaned out to Weston-super-Mare for the 2019-20 season. The loan move proved to be a successful one as Martin made 26 appearances for the Seagulls, and manager Scott Bartlett was disappointed when the agreement was cut short in February 2020. Dan then had a brief spell at Bath City before COVID hit. He spent last season playing for the Cardiff U23s and now joins Torquay United having never played a competitive match for the Bluebirds. Martin will be hoping to kick-start his still fledgling career down at Plainmoor under the guidance of Gary Johnson.
Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
Date of Birth: 10th September 1999 – 21 years-old
Place of Birth: Maidstone
Previous Clubs: Fulham, Cardiff, Weston-super-Mare, Bath City
League Stats 20-21: N/A
In constructing our squad for 21-22 it seems that Gary Johnson is looking for (amongst other things) versatile players who can cover different positions. Dan Martin appears to fit the bill on that score. When Dean Moxey struggled with injuries last season we struggled to cope, and although it wasn’t as big a set-back as Danny Wright’s absence, having Jake Andrews filling in at left back was far from ideal. Martin certainly strengthens the squad in that respect.
The youngster has already impressed at Weston, and is the type of rough diamond who Gary Johnson and Aaron Downes will love working with and developing. The fact that he can also slot in at left wing is a nice bonus and who knows, he may shuffle into other positions as our season bubbles along. Like a number of these signings, potentially a very shrewd move from GJ.
VIEWS FROM PREVIOUS CLUB
“Dan has been good for us and we are sorry to see him go but that’s football and we will plan accordingly. Players only have one career and have to make tough choices at times, and although I think Dan should have only left us for a club at least two divisions higher, he goes with our blessing and thanks for the effort he put in while with us. Of course, we have options and a ready made replacement in Lairdy but we are actively looking to bulk our squad out for the run in. I’d like to personally wish Dan all the very best and hope he fulfills his potential and has a long career in professional football”– Scott Bartlett (Weston-super-Mare manager)
– Say what a pleasure it is learning from someone like Dean Moxey.
– Fill in seamlessly at left back or left midfield, and cover in other areas when required.
– Be called ‘Dan the Man’ in our match verdicts.
Least likely to:
– Tweet about anything (last contribution January 2020).
– Take it easy in pre-season – a young man with a point to prove.
Unlike Tom Lapslie, the signing of Dan Martin is very much flying under the radar, and there will be little pressure on the young chap to make an early impact at Plainmoor. What I hope to see though from Dan is a young player full of energy and highly motivated to make a name for himself at United.
He may have to be content with a place on the bench to start with, but opportunities are bound to come his way and he’s got the right manager to help him take them. If we are to compete right at the top of the division again this season, the squad players such as Martin must contribute positively.
After not tasting proper competitive action for a while I bet the ex-Bluebird is raring to go and I expect him to be flying into some tackles in pre-season…starting on Saturday at Poole.