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Fletcher joins Plymouth on loan

Carl Fletcher
Fletcher played for West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup final against Liverpool

Crystal Palace midfielder Carl Fletcher has joined Plymouth Argyle on a one-month loan deal.

Fletcher, capped 35 times by Wales and a former captain of his country, has found himself out of favour at Palace.

The 28-year-old was loaned to Nottingham Forest earlier this season, playing four times before sustaining a back injury in November.

"If the manager wants to play me I feel ready, I feel fresh," he told the club's website.

Fletcher added: "I had not really been getting a look-in at Palace. I needed to play some games and the manager here wanted a midfielder, so it worked quite well.

"Hopefully we can help each other out. I want to help get some results while I'm down here and then we'll see where it goes."

He talks and organizes your midfield and he sees a pass when he gets on the ball

Pilgrims boss Paul Sturrock

Fletcher has appeared more than 350 times for club and country in a career which has seen him play for Bournemouth, West Ham and Watford.

He joined Palace from the Hammers in July 2006 for a reported 400,000.

Pilgrims boss Paul Sturrock added: "I have been after Carl for a while and he has come in for a month to strengthen and bolster the midfield area.

"It has been very difficult in that position this year because everybody wants to keep their experienced players.

"We need another captain in there and he has captained Wales and many other teams in the past, so there are leadership qualities in him.

"He is very thoughtful when the other team has got the ball. He talks and organizes your midfield and he sees a pass when he gets on the ball."

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see also
Fletcher's loan spell cut short
24 Nov 08 |  Nottm Forest
Palace sign West Ham's Fletcher
29 Jul 06 |  Crystal Palace


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