Exclusive: Son of West Ham legend says Millwall were the 'perfect' option

NEW Millwall goalkeeper David Martin admitted he had to 'hold his nerve' all summer to wait for the right club – and turned down a number of offers before the Lions came knocking.  

Martin signed for Millwall last Friday after leaving MK Dons when his contract expired at the end of June.

The former Liverpool and Leicester stopper said he “jumped at the chance” to link up with Neil Harris’ squad, after only hearing of their interest the previous Wednesday night.

“There were quite a few offers, but nothing was a no-brainer,” Martin explained. “As soon as I found out this was a possibility on Wednesday night it was a ‘yes’.

“It’s perfect for me, this club. Everything about it made me excited about it. I probably hadn’t had that feeling the whole summer even though there was quite a lot of interest.

“It was either the location or the money wasn’t what I was hoping for.

“I’m from Essex originally, but because I knew I was leaving MK quite early I had already moved back there.

“It was a bit nervy, especially when you’re getting offers and you’re thinking, ‘is this the right decision?’ If I hadn’t had any offers it would have been worrying, obviously, but there would have been no decisions to make.

“But because I had decisions to make there was more pressure in that respect. I held my nerve in the end, though I didn’t know a club like this would be interested.

“As soon as I knew that was the case I jumped at the chance. It was through an agent and I was told there might be a medical later in the day, it happened that quickly. It was a really exciting 24 hours.

“This was an easy decision for me. This club is where you’d want to be, especially in this league.”

Martin is the second son of former West Ham and England defender Alvin to have been on Millwall’s books, after defender Joe made 67 Lions appearances in 2015-16 and 2016-17 before he left to join Stevenage.

His father also thought Millwall was a good option.

Martin said: “He’s been very supportive. He’s been down at the club a lot and he’s the one who spoke really highly of it. Both of them liked the manager so it’s a really good place to be for us.

“Joe speaks very highly of the club, he said he loved his time here. He said they were a great bunch of lads, which so far has been proved right.

“With the manager you know what you’re going to get, he’s straight up and down. It’s a good place to be.”

Martin has initially been brought in as back-up to Jordan Archer and Tom King until January, but hopes to earn a longer-term contract.

“You’ve got to have belief in your own ability, and I do believe in myself,” he said. “I know I’ve got to push Jordan and Kingy, they are two really young goalkeepers.

“We’re a different breed, goalkeepers, and we all get on.

“I’ll try to make the club better in any way that I can. I’ll give 100 per cent and hopefully I can push the two of them on.

“They’ve got to be playing well, hopefully, for me not to be playing. My focus is from now until January, and if then the gaffer decides to go a different way then that’s fine.

“But it’s definitely a club I want to be at. If it goes beyond January, then great. Four months in football is a very long time, there are about 20 games from now until then. A lot can happen.

“I’ll come in every day and work hard and see where that takes me.”

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John Kelly