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Hungerford extend Josh Martin's loan

Josh Martin.
Josh Martin.

I honestly can't thank him enough for putting trust in me, not just to be playing every game but to make me captain as well, something I was really pleased about.

Josh Martin.

Blues defender Josh Martin has had his loan with non-league side Hungerford Town extended until 24 April 2019.

The highly-rated youngster has been with the Crusaders since October and his initial spell with the National League South side was due to conclude this coming Sunday.

The ball-playing centre-half has been a regular with the Berkshire club, and has chalked up 14 appearances so far for player/manager Ian Herring's team and scored two goals.

His performances in the heart of the defence have also seen Martin rewarded with the captaincy.

Speaking recently to Hungerford's official website about what he hopes to gain from his loan, as well as being awarded the skipper's armband, Martin said: "I really just want to experience everything, and I feel that I'm ticking things off game by game, whether that be coping with going a goal down early on or being a man down in a game.

"That's why I'm here to experience and learn from these things.

"I didn't expect to be made captain at all, with me being on loan.

"But it goes to show how much the gaffer trusts his younger players, which has really benefited me.

"You don't get many people taking chances on young centre-halves.

"I honestly can't thank him enough for putting trust in me, not just to be playing every game but to make me captain as well, something I was really pleased about."

Martin, who has yet to make his Blues First Team bow, signed a new deal with the Club last summer, which runs until 30 June 2019, with a further one-year option clause in the Club’s favour.

He is not the only Blues player currently with Hungerford- striker Tommy Anderson and goalkeeper Michael Luyambula are also gathering valuable experience.

Hungerford are currently in 19th place in the National League South - two places above the relegation zone.

This Saturday sees them play host to Hemel Hempstead at Bulpit Lane.

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