Chris Martin started last season at Derby County, went on loan to Fulham, then went on strike halfway through the season in an attempt to force a move back to the Rams , before finishing the season at Craven Cottage and helping the Whites to the play-offs.

And the striker has admitted that it was as "crazy" as it sounds.

The Scotland international forward did not figure in manager Nigel Pearson's plans last summer, leading to the transfer deadline day loan to West London.

As January approached, Steve McClaren took the helm at Pride Park and tried to recall the big striker, who had refused to play for Slavisa Jokanovic in an attempt to force a recall, but due to the nature of the agreement, he was unable to return to the midlands, something which Martin says was tough.

Speaking to the Scotsman, he said: ""It's been very tumultuous, shall I say.

"It's probably the strangest season of my career, especially off the field.

Fulham celebrate Chris Martin's goal

"It's been crazy. I don't want to go into too much detail but, if I told people what happened, they wouldn't believe me. "Some strange things have transpired away from the football pitch. It's been a bit disappointing on the pitch.

"I've been inconsistent but there have been some contributing factors towards that.

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"There were certain things said during the January transfer window that didn't come from myself. That's the hardest part, trying to deal with things that I had no attachment to, really.

"I've seen a lot in my career and I'd like to think I'm fairly mature. I tried to deal with it the best way I could but that contributed to what happened on the pitch.

"I was in and out of the team and that makes it difficult to make your mark. I'll put it down to experience and go again next season."

"It's over now, I've secured a new contract at Derby and I'll be heading back there for pre-season."