Sunday 20 January 2019

Doyle ready to fly high with the Eagles

Kevin Doyle says he's ready to start work with Crystal Palace after completing a transfer deadline day move from Wolves.

"There were a few different scenarios for me on deadline day, at different ends of the country, so it's always interesting. I wanted to come here and play in the Premier League, so I was delighted when it came through," says Doyle, who is on a four-month loan deal with Palace.

"It was nice to score for Ireland with my 60th cap, so hopefully this move will help me stay involved with the national team. There are four or five lads here that I know very well, which is great for settling in.

"I spoke to Neil Warnock before I signed, I've played against him a few times and done well, so that's encouraged him to sign me.

"It's been a couple of years since I was in the Premier League; it's what gives you a buzz. Hopefully, I'll stay injury free and feel fit. The squad is very, very strong."

Meanwhile, Anthony Pilkington says he's made the right move by leaving Norwich City for Cardiff City.

The winger joined Cardiff in a £1.3million deal last month and he maintains that his Norwich career had run its course. "I think the time had come for me to go really. It wasn't time for me to stay there any more," he said.

"I have got a fresh start now at Cardiff City so hopefully I can take that chance and show everyone what I can do.

"I don't have any regrets. I don't like to look back. I would rather look to the future and Cardiff City. I had one or two injuries at Norwich that held me back, particularly over the Christmas period, but hopefully I can stay fit," added Pilkington, hoping to bring success to Cardiff.

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