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Aaron Martin was the first new face to come through the door at St James Park in the summer of 2018, arriving following his release from Oxford United at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The central defender brings a great deal of experience to the City backline and has played much of his career within the higher leagues of English football.
As a youngster, Aaron played for non-league side Eastleigh before being picked up by Hampshire giants Southampton in 2009. He spent five years on the books with the Saints, making 29 appearances in total, and also had loan spells with the likes of Salisbury City, Crystal Palace and Coventry City.
A brief spell with Birmingham City followed in 2014 before he made his first move to the west country to join, then League One side, Yeovil Town. Aaron didn’t remain at Huish Park for long though as he found himself on loan at Coventry City before the move was made permanent in 2015. The 2015/16 season saw him amass 32 appearances for the Sky Blues as he also found the net against Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town.
He then made the move to Oxford United in 2016 on a two-year deal and after making a promising start to his career at the Kassam Stadium, he was then hit by a big injury as he ruptured his achilles tendon which ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.
After a long road to recovery, Aaron made 19 appearances for Oxford last season before departing for the Grecians.