Norwich captain Russell Martin has spoken of the influence he had in Alex Pritchard’s move to Norwich last summer.

Pritchard joined Norwich in controversial circumstances, as the Canaries swooped in at the last-minute to steal him from Brighton’s clutches.

The 23-year-old was on his way to sign for Brighton when Norwich came in and offered him a better deal, with Martin claiming he helped persuade him to come.

Speaking to the Pink’Un, Martin said this:

I felt sorry for him (Pritchard).

You’re down to 10 men and it’s probably between him or Wes (Hoolahan). So it’s a lose-lose situation for Alan and his staff. If Wes comes off it’s the same reaction, maybe even worse.

I spoke to Alex and he’s fine. I get on really well with him. I know him through a friend and I spoke to him when he was deciding between here and Brighton.

I managed to have a little sway in his decision – and I’m not sure if he’s happy at me for that! I didn’t get a cut either! I spoke to him on the M25. Don’t worry about my Brighton-supporting mates though. I’m not fussed about them.

Many Norwich fans have been left puzzled by the lack of minutes received by Pritchard this season. The attacking midfielder has started just ten Championship games this campaign.

However, despite his minimal game-time, the former Spurs man has scored four goals and registered eight assists in all competitions.

Pritchard signed for Norwich last summer from Tottenham for £8m but has struggled to make the desired impact so far.

Norwich face Barnsley this weekend where Pritchard will be hoping to get a starting spot after being substituted in the first-half last weekend.