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Crystal Palace sign Ipswich Town midfielder Owen Garvan

Owen Garvan
Garvan made 174 appearances for Ipswich during a six-year stint

Crystal Palace have signed Ipswich Town midfielder Owen Garvan for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old, who has played for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side, is a product of Ipswich's youth academy and made his first team debut aged just 16.

"At Ipswich things did not really work out and I think the manager realised that," Garvan told the club website.

"Hopefully this season I can play a bit more football - that is what I am hoping to do."

Garvan, who joins fellow Irishman Sean Scannell at Selhurst Park, added that he signed for the Eagles after being promised more playing opportunities than at Portman Road.

The main thing is George Burley said that I would get more game time here than I would at Ipswich

Owen Garvan

"I'm just thankful to the manager [George Burley] for giving me this chance and hopefully I can repay him with good performances and results.

"The main thing is he said that I would get more game time here than I would at Ipswich.

"I couldn't wait around there any longer, as last season I was on the bench and getting frustrated, so hopefully a new challenge will be good for me."



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