The Pride Park man has spent his last few years with the Rams away on loan.
Derby County striker Chris Martin has made a return to the Rams first team and, in conversation with the Derby Telegraph, he praised manager Phillip Cocu for being "totally fair" with him, as well as giving an insight into what he's done to improve and hoping to kick on from there.
The 30-year-old has spent the vast majority of the past three seasons at Pride Park out on loan, spending time with Fulham, Reading and Hull City, and with little game time coming his way at the start of the season it seemed as though he was set for another spell on the fringes of the team.
However, Martin has come off the bench in Derby's last two games, helping the Rams pick up a crucial point away at Leeds United by scoring a late equaliser at Elland Road, and is pushing for a start when Birmingham City visit Pride Park on Saturday.
The Rams sharpshooter told the Derby Telegraph: "It’s nice to be able to pay the manager back with the faith he showed in me. The manager has been good with me. He’s not said loads to be perfectly honest with you, but I knew I’d be treated as fairly as he could.
"I’ve had to work hard to get 100 percent fit. I have done extra sessions with coach Twan (Scheepers), I have done a lot with him finishing-wise, so it’s nice to see those sessions pay off. Hopefully this is only the start for myself, personally, but also in terms of us moving up the league."
Martin joined the Rams in the summer of 2013 after leaving Norwich City, his current market value deemed by Transfermarkt to be 2.3million Euro (£2.2million), and he has made 190 appearances for the Rams, scoring 65 goals and registering 31 assists (Transfermarkt).
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